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Researching Information Systems and Computing

Researching Information Systems and Computing

First Edition

August 2012 | 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 helps readers navigate and assess existing 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 mentioned;

- 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 further reading.

The Purpose and Products of Research
Overview of the Research Process
Internet Research
Participants and Research Ethics
Reviewing the Literature
Design and Creation
Case Studies
Action Research
Quantitative Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
Philosophical Paradigms

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file for chapter one

PDF file for intro