Research in Information Systems

A handbook for research supervisors and their students

Edited by

  • David Avison, BA, MSc, PhD, FBCS, ESSEC Business School, Paris, France
  • Jan Pries-Heje, IT University, Copenhagen

Research in Information Systems helps supervisors and their students get the most out of the PhD experience. It can be used as a basis of courses for supervisors and their research students. This book covers:• the supervisor – student relationship• practical, social and academic issues • different models for PhD programs, including US, UK, Latin and Scandinavian models. Many vignettes of personal experiences and reflections provide context for the material. The book is written by experts – leading international academics in the field of information systems. They all have had wide experience of research supervision over many years in many countries.
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Academics supervising research students in information systems and business information systems and PhD research students in IS


Book information

  • Published: November 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6655-8


"...a fascinating and engaging read...Research in Information Systems is essential reading for both supervisors and Ph.D. students." - Mark Stansfield, International Journal of Information Management

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I Reflections: Chapter 1 - Advising and supervising, Chapter 2 - Confessions and reflections; Part II The supervisor/student relationship: Chapter 3 - Metaphors for PhD study, Chapter 4 - Focus on the supervisor, Chapter 5 - Focus on the student; Part III Social and practical issues: Chapter 6 - Serving two masters, Chapter 7 - Finance, Chapter 8 - Ethical issues, Chapter 9 - Gender issues, Chapter 10 Sexual orientation, Chapter 11 - Diverse cultures; Part IV Academic issues: Chapter 12 - Discipline of information systems, Chapter 13 - Quality and originality, Chapter 14 - Quantitative research, Chapter 15 - Qualitative research; Part V PhD models: Chapter 16 - US model, Chapter 17 - UK Model, Chapter 18 - Latin model, Chapter 19 - Scandinavian model; Bibliography; Author biographies; Index.