Dissertation Proposal Topics Management Information

The course prepares the student for the Master Thesis and provides possibilities for specialization on chosen themes within Information Systems (IS). It will focus on current issues in IS, how theory can be applied in an empirical study, and the methodology for conducting literature studies. Students are introduced to various topics and issues within the IS field that can be relevant focus areas in a master thesis.

During the course, students work with a comprehensive literature review which can be related to the theme of their forthcoming thesis.

Relevant topics within IS that the course focuses on, will depend on ongoing research projects. Relevant topics within IS relevant for master theses, will largely be tied to research groups where employees of the department participate, such as:

  • Centre for Enterprise Systems:
    Process Modelling; Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems; Business Intelligence ( BI); Knowledge Management and e-Collaboration
  • Centre for e-Governance:
    e-Democracy and e-Dialogue; the use of ICT in the public sector; the role of social media; ICT for development; Benefits Realization
  • ISD research group:
    System Development Processes; methods and practice; design and implementation; usability and user participation; socio-technical aspects
  • Centre for e-health and care technology:
    Health Informatics; telemedicine; ethical and legal issues
  • Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM):
    Use of ICT and social media for crisis management by terror attacks, natural and industrial disasters

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should:
  • Know and be able to discuss current topics within IS that has been addressed in the course
  • Be able to apply a systematic method for writing a literature review of a specific topic within IS
  • Design a scientific report that summarizes and concludes the results from a literature review related to a selected topic within IS
  • Suggest a theoretical perspective, framework or model and argue for why this choice is appropriate for designing and conducting a research study within IS
  • Present potential practical and theoretical contributions for a planned IS study
  • Apply ethical guidelines in research

Teaching methods and workload

Seminars. Normally 6 hours organized teaching per week. Part of the teaching is mandatory; more detailed information will be given in Fronter at start of term. The course will to some extent be integrated with IS-404 Research Methods in IS, and it is recommended that the course is taken concurrently with IS-404

Evaluation

Course evaluation is carried out as a midterm evaluation in accordance with standard procedure in the quality assurance system, chapter 2.1.1., unless other information is given in the beginning of the semester

Examination requirements

Approved mandatory presentations and hand-ins in addition to obligatory participation in lectures and discussions. Details are given i Fronter at start of term

Assessment methods and criteria

Report written individually or in pairs. Graded marks. Further information given in Fronter

Offered as Single Standing Module

Type of course

Level of course

Second cycle, i.e. Master's level

Year of study

Second year of Master's Programme

Name of lecturer

Language of instruction

The School of Business encourages and fosters a rich research-oriented environment for faculty and doctoral candidates. Students can choose from a variety of topics reflecting the varied research interests of our faculty. The Ph.D. Program is intended to prepare students to conduct original research; i.e., to explain phenomena previously not well understood and then to test proposed explanations empirically.

Accounting

  • Value relevance of accounting information
  • Valuation
  • Earnings management
  • Accounting conservatism
  • Book-tax differences
  • Tax policy
  • Taxes and business decisions
  • Uncertain tax positions
  • Economics-based accounting
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Securities regulation in international capital markets

Finance

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Real options
  • Risk management
  • Financial intermediation
  • IPO’s
  • Event studies in Finance and Real Estate
  • Market frictions and asset pricing
  • House price indices
  • Real Estate market analysis
  • Capital structure
  • Mutual funds
  • Healthcare finance

Management

  • Corporate alliances and networks
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Long horizon investments
  • Real options
  • Human capital and top management teams
  • Family firms and venture capitalists
  • Team processes and effectiveness
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Leadership
  • Gender and diversity in the workplace
  • Work and family
  • International expansion
  • Learning processes
  • Managerial ethics
  • Cross-cultural behavior
  • Employee attachment to organizations
  • Training effectiveness

Marketing

  • Consumer judgment
  • Consumer attitudes and inferences
  • Information search
  • Cross-cultural consumer behavior
  • Brands and branding
  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Digital and social media marketing and analytics
  • Online retailing and channel design
  • Competitive marketing strategy
  • Network effects
  • Pricing dynamics
  • Customer relationship management
  • Cross-category and cross-media marketing
  • Social interactions and peer effects

Operations & Information Management

  • Auction theory and applications
  • Database design and security
  • Database management
  • Distributed computing and client/server technology
  • Electronic commerce
  • Economics of information and information systems
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Management of technology
  • Manufacturing systems, planning and strategy
  • Supply chain management
  • and More

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