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.
Courses prepare you for research in organisational phenomena associated with IT innovation, and the management of IT-enabled organisational and social change. In consultation with your academic supervisor, you will settle on a definite research topic by the end of the first year and write a research paper in your major field. 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. Courses include:
Foundations of Social Research in Information Systems: Paradigms and Traditions
Introduces the foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
Intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences, covering the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. Computer classes give hands-on training in the application of statistical techniques to real social science research problems.
Qualitative Research Methods
Covers 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
Covers the 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.
A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management
A non-assessed training course which enables an understanding of different research disciplines in management through a social science lens. The course also aims to develop academic presentation skills.
Research Paper in Management
A research paper between 7,000 and 15,000 words related to your designated major field.
In addition, you will be required to complete elective courses from a range of options, including:
- Doing Ethnography
- Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data
- Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis
- Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops
- Applied Regression Analysis
- Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
- Social Networks Analysis
Second, third and fourth year
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 attend weekly seminars for Information Systems and Innovation PhD students, but can also attend other regular research seminars that may be relevant to your research.
For details on timelines and assessment, please refer to the section on 'supervision, progression and assessment'.
You can find the most up-to-date list of courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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