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Course module: 230407-M-6
Qualitative Research Methods Trends in Information and Supply Chain Management (CentER)
Course info
Course module230407-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Marketing; TiSEM: Marketing;
Is part of
M Research Master in Business
dr. A. Khodabandeh Amiri, PhD
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.F. Rutkowski
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 25/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
This information is only available in English. Click on the English button.
As a recent discipline, Management Information System (MIS) gradually moved away from pure statistics considering qualitative alternative approaches and philosophies. Methodological guidelines for conducting research in information systems are therefore keys in bringing valuable and often new perspectives to Information Systems research and Supply Chain Management. Qualitative research trends are evolving at a very fast pace in the both field, as they required the association of extended form of methodological knowledge (e.g., mixed-method). For example, researching virtual world or business gaming application will required not only to understand philosophical principles of phenomenology, but also will call on strict methodological principles of design science. The field of MIS is aiming at continuous developments that are key to understand the impact of IS and associated technologies. The benefits and costs of diversity in IS research to the discipline have been considered by Benbasat and Weber (1996) and Robey (1996). Mixed methods are used to tackle research in MIS, ranging from quantitative (e.g., positivist: laboratory experiment, survey) to qualitative approaches (e.g., interpretivist: action research, ethnography, semantic, design science). These approaches are based on different philosophical perspectives and therefore ontologies core to the field (see Mingers and Willcocks, 2004).


References (none-exhaustive)

Michael E. Whitman Amy B. Woszczynski. (2003).The Handbook of Information Systems Research, IGI.
Robert K.Yin (2014). Case study research design and methods (5th edition). Thousand Oaks: Sage
Mingers, J. and Willcocks, L.P. (2004)  “Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems”, Wiley series in Information Systems

Cavaye, A. L. (1996). Case study research: a multi‐faceted research approach for IS. Information systems journal6(3), 227-242.
Eisenhardt, K. M. (1989). Building theories from case study research. Academy of management review14(4), 532-550. (Double)
Paré, G. (2004). Investigating information systems with positivist case research. Communications of the association for information systems13(1), 18.
Paré, G., & Elam, J. J. (1997). Using case study research to build theories of IT implementation. In Information systems and qualitative research (pp. 542-568). Springer, Boston, MA.
Readings specifics:
Benbasat, I. and R.W. Zmud (2003) “The Identity Crisis within the IS Discipline: Defining and
Communicating the Discipline’s Core Properties”, MIS Quarterly, 27(2), June, 183-
Hevner, A. R., March, S. T., & Park, J. (2004). Design Science in information system research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75–105.
Markus, M. L. (1983) “Power, Politics, and MIS Implementation”, Communications of the ACM,
26(6), 430-444.
Orlikowski, W.J. and C. S. Iacono (2001) “Research Commentary: Desperately Seeking the “IT”
in IT Research - A Call to Theorizing the IT Artifact” Information Systems Research,
12(2), June, 121-134.

Lee, A. S. (1991). Integrating Positivist and Interpretive Approaches to Organizational Research, Organization Science, 2(4), 342-365.

Myers, M.D. (1999). Investigating Information Systems with Ethnographic Research. Communication of the Association for Information Systems, 2(23), 2-20.

Popper, K. (1959). The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Hutchinson Publication.

Strauss, A. and Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of Qualitative Research: grounded theory procedures and techniques. Sage Publication. (Double?)

Walsham, G. (1993). Interpreting Information Systems in Organizations. John Wiley and son.
Contact person
prof. dr. A.F. Rutkowski
Timetable information
Qualitative Research Methods Trends in Information and Supply Chain Management (CentER)
Required materials
Recommended materials
Summaries of selected readings (30%)

Individual report (20%)

Final grade

Presentation and participation (50%)

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