Researching Information Systems and Computing
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Researching Information Systems and Computing



© 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

Great book for computer science research. A little basic in places but is highly recommended as an introductory resource.

Miss Anita Finnegan
Department of Computing, Dundalk Institute of Technology
August 27, 2015

I use this book in my course in empirical research methods in computer science and information systems. The book is very well written, easy to understand and comprehensive. Very satisfied.

Dr Babak Farshchian
Dept of Computer and Info Science, Norwegian University of Science & Tech
April 18, 2015

One of the few computing-specific methodology books. The book is rather IS-oriented than computing in general.

Dr Matti Tedre
Computer & Systems Sciences, Stockholm University
September 15, 2013

A marvelous book to teach students in the field of Information Systems and even helpful for research.

Professor Ruediger Breitschwerdt
Informationsmanagement & Wirtschaftsinformatik, University of Osnabruck
June 18, 2013

This is an excellent book. It has been adopted for the entire 2nd year of the degree. I'm teaching one of the pathway classes and I'm extremely impressed with the material and how it has been put together. It is excellent for the 2nd years but in fact more academically mature students could benefit from it too. We're hoping that it will see our 2nd year through their project next year. I'm sure it can support them. I can recommend it most highly.

Thank you for sending it so quickly!

Dr Xristine Faulkner
Informatics, London South Bank University
February 13, 2013

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