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Summer Semester / Sommersemester

Information Systems Research: Analytics for a Sustainable Society (M. Sc.)

Welcome to Information Systems Research: Analytics for a Sustainable Society [ISRASS].

This course is intended to provide the participant with a broad-based exposure to research that occurs in the Information Systems Institute at the University of Cologne, but in particular research on Design Science applied to Sustainability. In addition, the student can expect to be exposed to the work of prior graduates of our program, as well as students and faculty at the institute. Taken together, this course will give you a broad exposure of the kind of research that
is possible to conduct in our Master and Ph.D. program. Four separate referent areas of theory and methods have traditionally been represented in the doctoral program in Information Systems:

  • Decision-making and cognitive science theories and methods for research
  • Organizational and behavioral theories and methods for research
  • Technical, computer science and design science theories and methods for research
  • Management science and economics theories and methods for research

The overall design of this class consists of a number of different elements:

  • Inclusion of the faculty inside and outside the institute, so that students can begin to know them and become acquainted with their research and teaching interests.
  • A relatively large reading list, to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop a broad perspective on the field.
  • Three required kinds of deliverables by seminar participants

    • article overviews/critiques for all articles assigned in the seminar (about 1 page each)
    • a written statement of research interests, built in several drafts, with different and expanded elements incorporated as the various drafts are developed
    • oral presentations and leadership of/participation in discussions

  • An encouraging, welcoming and supportive atmosphere and discussion venue for new entrants into the field of Information Systems
  • No exams to worry about, but plenty of pressure to keep up with the readings; the need to be well prepared for the class discussions and presentations; and easy access to all of the faculty who participate in the course