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Researching Information Systems and Computing
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Researching Information Systems and Computing

First Edition


January 2006 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With everything readers need to know about how to execute their research project, this book is written specifically for information systems (IS) and computing students. It introduces key quantitative and qualitative research methods, makes sense of underlying philosophies, and will help readers navigate and assess existing published academic papers.

Special features support students as they bridge the gap between theory and practice. These include:

  • Research examples from the IS and computing disciplines
  • Suggestions on how to build internet research into each method
  • An explanation of how knowledge is created, drawing an analogy between this and the creation of software systems

Throughout readers are supported by pedagogical features such as learning objectives, explanations, discussion questions, evaluation guides and suggestions for further reading.

Masters and PhD students and advanced undergraduates should look no further than this text book when embarking on a research project.


 
Introduction
 
The Purpose and Products of Research
 
Overview of the Research Process
 
Internet Research
 
Participants and Research Ethics
 
Reviewing the Literature
 
Surveys
 
Design and Creation
 
Experiments
 
Case Studies
 
Action Research
 
Ethnography
 
Interviews
 
Observations
 
Questionnaires
 
Documents
 
Quantitative Data Analysis
 
Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Philosophical Paradigms
Positivism

 
 
Alternative Philosophical Paradigms
 
Presentation of the Research
 
Final Words

Level a bit too high for most of our undergraduates so we use it as supplemental.
Very useful for staff. Will recommend it to colleagues and library.

Mr J Balje
School of Computer Science, Hanze University
December 21, 2011

Book can be used as supplemental material for post-graduate students. This book is an excellent tool to assist students with an understanding of research - what it is, where to begin, how to do it, what to use when.

Dr Lynette Barnard
Computing Sciences, Neslon Mandela Metropolitan University
September 28, 2010

This book provides a nice introduction to research methodologies in IS research. It is especially recommended for PhD courses in IS that have a broad focus on methodologies.

Professor Jan Muntermann
Facult of Eco & Business Administratio, J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt
September 14, 2010

This primary focus of this book is qualitative research and information systems in a social science context. It is therefore particularly appropriate for my course.

It is probably less useful to computer science students where the focus is more on quantitatively based engineering research projects.

Mr Roy Abraham
School of Computing, Portsmouth University
July 14, 2010

I consider the book highly suitable to introduce students to the topic of research in information systems. It is very clearly written and covers essential points (including epistemology and ethics) and methods. It is suitable for giving overview, for further information, it is necessary to consult further literature. I recommend it for advanced bachelor students or beginning master students.

Ms Helena Bukvova
Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, Dresden University of Technology
June 22, 2010
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Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file for chapter one

PDF file for intro