Information Systems PhD Seminar Series and Workshops
Throughout the programme all Information Systems and Innovation doctoral students attend weekly research seminars, which feature presentations and discussions from doctoral students, invited speakers and academic members of the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty group.
In the first year of your programme, you will engage in active research, called Research Practicums, with different members of Faculty. The rotation of practicum assignments will include one-to-one training and collaboration that provides you better understanding of the research process, e.g.:
- Literature reviews.
- Applied research methods and practices.
- determining theory-driven.
- testable hypotheses.
- identifying appropriate methods and samples.
- conducting analyses.
- evaluating findings and implications.
- writing manuscripts for the academic peer-reviewed process with ultimate goal of publication in top-tier academic journal.
Courses & Seminars
In your first year you will take courses to prepare you for research in organisational phenomena associated with IT innovation, and the management of IT-enabled organisational and social change. You will take core quantitative and qualitative research courses and choose an elective course in advanced methods or data analysis methods. In consultation with your supervisor, you will settle on a definite research topic by the end of the first year.
At the end of this first year, your progress is reviewed to establish that you are on track to upgrade from MPhil to PhD status.
All first year doctoral students in the Department of Management will take the seminar A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management.
Research Traditions and Paradigms in IS and Organisations
The foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired. You will focus on the ways by which key epistemological paradigms have been applied in the fields of Information Systems and Organization Studies.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
An intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences, covering the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. You will have computer classes to give hands-on training in the application of statistical techniques to real social science research problems.
Qualitative Research Methods
You will cover the fundamentals of qualitative research methods with opportunities to put those methods into practice. It prepares you to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects.
Managing Digital Platform Innovation
Dynamics of large-scale digital service platforms and their associated ecosystems, with a focus on facilitating in-depth debates on complex research issues related to platform and infrastructure innovation.
Elective Methods or Data Analysis course
You will choose one course from a selection of options including:
- Doing Ethnography
- Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data
- Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis
- Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
- Applied Regression Analysis
- Social Network Analysis
A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management
Along with all MRes/PhD and MPhil/PhD students from across the Department of Management Research programmes you will participate in a seminar on the nature of scientific enquiry in the Social Sciences. The seminar series is led by members of the Faculty across the Department and provides an interdisciplinary collaborative perspective and the opportunity for students to develop academic presentation skills
Second, third and fourth year (PhD)
At the start of year two you will submit a research proposal, up to 15,000 words, related to your designated major field for upgrade to PhD. The paper will outline the aims and methods of your thesis, provide preliminary data collection and analysis. You will also need to submit a concise literature review in which the significance of the proposed research is articulated.
In years two to four of the programme, you are expected to dive deep into your research and write your thesis. While writing the thesis you will continue to attend the weekly Information Systems PhD Seminar during term time s but can also attend other regular research seminars that may be relevant to your research.
Throughout your PhD you will be expected to show the continued development of research ideas for publication or presentation at conferences, participation in relevant training courses and career development activities.
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