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A Beginner's Guide

Springer; ISBN 978-3-642-30048-6

1st Edition (2013)

This book is designed to introduce doctoral and other higher-degree research students to the process of scientific research in the fields of Information Systems as well as fields of Information Technology, Business Process Management and other related disciplines within the social sciences. It guides research students in their process of learning the life of a researcher. In doing so, it provides an understanding of the essential elements, concepts and challenges of the journey into research studies. It also provides a gateway for the student to inquire deeper about each element covered​. Comprehensive and broad but also succinct and compact, the book is focusing on the key principles and challenges for a novice doctoral Student.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Information Systems Research as a Science
  3. The Research Process
  4. Theorising
  5. Research Methods
  6. Writing IS Research Articles
  7. Ethical Considerations in Research
  8. Instead of a Conclusion


"It focuses on the entire research process from start to finish and provides a guide not only for the methods, but for the 'process of learning the life of a researcher.' This well-written and easy-to-read book consists of eight chapters, divided into three parts. Each chapter ends with a list of references for further reading on each subject, totaling 200 in all. ... The book is intended primarily for doctoral students and young scholars in the field of information systems."

Alexei Botchkarev, ACM Computing Reviews, December 2012.

"...Gerade junge Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden werden sehr von diesem Buch profitieren ... allen Doktoranden in der Wirtschaftsinformatik, besonders am Anfang ihres wissenschaftlichen Projektes, sowie ihren Betreuern zur Verwendung in Kursen des Doktorandenstudiums."

Roland Holten, Business & Information Systems Engineering, March 2013.

"Für Wirtschaftsinformatiker eine Pflichtlektüre. Egal ob Bachelorarbeit, Masterarbeit oder erst während der Promotion. Dieses Buch sollte man gelesen haben!"

Volker Frehe, Instructor Review, April 2013.


As shown on the world map (using colors to indicate intensity of use), Scientific Research in Information Systems is used as a textbook and guide for information systems researchers in universities and educational institutes in over 60 countries, including:

  • Chongquing University (China)
  • Hochschule München (Germany)
  • Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (Germany)
  • King Saud University (Saudi Arabia)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • North-West University (South Africa)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
  • University of Borås (Sweden)
  • University of Göttingen (Germany)
  • University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • University of Kassel (Germany)
  • University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University St. Gallen (Switzerland)
  • Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • The University of Cologne (Germany)
  • The University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • The University of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein)
  • The University of Mannheim (Germany)
  • The University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • The University of Oulu (Finland)
  • Victoria University (Australia)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Muenster (Germany)
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria)
  • Wuhan School of Software (China)