PhD Course - Epistemological Foundations and Research in IS (EPIS: 2016)

Roman Beck

Dates of the course:
Alternate weekly meetings on Wednesdays starting from 10th February, 6 sessions.

13:00 PM - 16:00 PM

Course description:
The interactive course focuses on epistemological foundations of research in IS; organizational behavior; diffusion on innovation research; business value and digital capabilities, based on the resource‐based view; dynamic capabilities and real options perspectives; digital enablement of inter‐firm governance based on transaction cost economics, the relational view of the firm, social embeddedness, and social capital; B2B digital intermediation; modularization and disaggregation of business processes and services; assimilation and economics of inter‐firm process standards; digital capabilities for the management of customer relationships and supply chains; and digitally enabled business networks.

Reading Material:
Structuration Theory

1. Orlikowski, W. and Robey, D., "Information Technology and the Structuring of Organizations", Information Systems Research, 2(2), June, 1991, pp.143‐169.
2. DeSanctis, Gerardine, and M. Scott Poole, "Capturing the Complexity in Advanced Technology Use: Adaptive Structuration Theory," Organization Science, 5(2), 1994, 121‐147
3. Jones, M. and H. Karsten, "Giddens´s Structuration Theory and Information Systems Research," MIS Quarterly, 32:1, 2008, 127‐158.

Theories of Governance
1. Liang, H., N. Sharaf, Q. Hu, and Y Xue, "Assimilation of Enterprise Systems: The Effect of Institutional Pressures and the Mediating Role of Top Management," MIS Quarterly, 31:1, 2007. 59‐87.
2. Xuo, Y., H. Liang, and W. Boulton, "Information Technology Governance in Information Technology Investment Decision Processes: The Impact on Investment Characteristics, External Environment, and Internal Context," MIS Quarterly, 32:1, 2008, 67‐96.
3. Kirsch, L, "Deploying Common Systems Globally: The Dynamics of Control," Information Systems Research, 15:4, 2004, 374‐395.

ResourceBased Theory of the Firm
1. Mata, F., W. Fuerst, and J. Barney, "Information Technology and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Resource‐Based Analysis," MIS Quarterly, 19:4, 1995, 487‐506.
2. Wade, M. and J. Hulland, "The Resource‐Based View and Information Systems Research: Review, Extension, and Suggestions for Future Research," MIS Quarterly, 28:1, 2004, 107‐142.
3. Jarvenpaa, S. and Leidner, D., "An Information Company in Mexico: Extending the Resource‐Based View of the Firm to a Developing Country Context" Information Systems Research, December 1998, pp. 342‐361.

Process Theory and System Theory
1. Sabharwal, Rajiv, and Dan Robey, "Reconciling Variance and Process Strategies for Studying Information Systems Development," Information Systems Research, 6(4), 1996, 303‐327.
2. Sabherwal. R. and D. Robey. "An Empirical Taxonomy of implementation Processes Based on Sequences of Events in Information System Development," Organization Science. 4. 4 (November 1993) 548‐576.
3. Clark, T., M. Jones, and C. Armstrong," The Dynamic Structure of Management Support Systems: Theory Development, Research Focus, and Direction," MIS Quarterly, 31:3, 2007, 579‐615.

Information Processing Theory of Organizations
1. Galbraith, J. R. (1974). Organization design: An information processing view. Interfaces, 4(3), 28‐36.
2. Cooper, R. B., & Wolfe, R. A. (2005). Information processing model of information technology adaptation: An intra‐organizational diffusion perspective. Database for Advances in Information Systems, 36(1), 30.
3. Premkumar, G., Ramamurthy, K., & Saunders, C. S. (2005). Information processing view of organizations: An exploratory examination of fit in the context of interorganizational relationships. Journal of Management Information Systems, 22(1), 257.

Theories of Decision Making
1. Huber, G., " A theory of the effects of advanced information technologies on organizational design, intelligence, and decision making," Academy of Management Review, 1990, pp, 47‐71.
2. Leidner, Dorothy E. and Elam, Joyce J., "The Impact of Executive Information Systems on Organizational Intelligence and Decision Making," Organization Science, November‐December, 1995, pp. 645‐665.
3. Cohen, M., March, J., and Olsen, J. "A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice," Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1 (March, 1972), pp. 1‐25.

Students participate in discussions as well as in presentations. Students are supposed to read the papers and prepare for presentations. Active participation in discussions is expected. Altogether the research seminar consists of 6 sessions and each session is of 3 hours.

PhD student

No exam is necessary to finish the course. Presentation, participation and discussions are mandatory.


Amount of hours the student is expected to use on the course:
Participation: 18
Preparation: 36

Interested students should contact Roman Beck ( before February 5th to participate in the course and to receive further instructions.