Teacher guide

The main idea with this course is to teach the students about theories used in information systems, how to recognize them and do an analysis of a given paper. The course content is in this case a historical overview and some important issues in modern IS research. The examination is the contribution to this project. It is of course possible for each teacher to choose another content, another form of examination but the important thing is to provide the analysis of the articles to me: Per Flensburg

Choosing papers

In total there are about 4000 papers that can be used for the sampling. The sample are divided in four segments:

1. 1978-1985: Establishing the area, systems development models

2. 1986-1995: User orientation, Scandinavian school, social-technique

3. 1996-2005: Establishment of Internet

4. 2005-2015: Social media and impact on society

The characteristics of each period is a suggestion only, the project will provide a better one. The students should be provided with a set of at least 4 papers, evenly distributed between the segments. You can chose from the IRIS you have visited yourself. If you don’t have papers covering all periods, ask in the first case your colleagues. Please do a random selection of the papers. If you can’t find enough papers pleas contact me and I will try to help you. But do it in due time, since it might take time to get hold of papers. In the first years, papers were only submitted in printing, so some scanning might be required.

It is also important you treat the papers with discretion, since some authors consider them as ”work in progress” and don’t want them published or cited. 

Concerning selection between IRIS, SCIS and SJIS and suggest we start by using only IRIS papers, since they provide the most ”true” picture of the ideas of the community. However, it is in the long run important to include both SCIS and SJIS so it is not forbidden to choose them too. 

© Per Flensburg 2015