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2014/2015  KAN-CIEBU2013U  Perspectives on e-business

English Title
Perspectives on e-business

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Matthias Trier - DIGI
  • Michel Avital - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Business psychology
  • Philosophy and philosophy of science
  • Information Systems
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
  • Economic and organizational sociology
  • Methodology
Last updated on 16-07-2014
Learning objectives
After the course the student should be able to:
  • Frame and scope research questions that are appropriate for a master thesis project
  • Articulate a valid research study design
  • Conduct an integrative literature review
  • Identify and develop instruments for data collection
  • Identify and assess data sources
  • Demonstrate understanding of data analysis methodologies
  • Demonstrate understanding of reliability and validity assessment
  • Formulate and write a research proposal that addresses a research question that is likely to make a contribution in the context of e-Business
Perspectives on e-business:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 3 students in the group
The oral exam is individual
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The course focuses on developing the basic foundation for designing and executing research projects at the master thesis level with an emphasis on the needs of students in the EBUSS (cand.it) program. The course aims to help students in developing the skills that enable them to design, conduct, report, and critically review research in the context of information systems. Basic foundations that will be discussed include: information systems as a research domain, research framing and design, measurement theory, field work and data collection, secondary research issues, data analysis, and manuscript writing. We will also cover the foundations of both quantitative and qualitative measurement of social science phenomena with emphasis on reliability and validity of constructs, as well as generalizability issues. In all, we will strive to balance between theory and practice of quantitative social research.
Teaching methods
Teaching will be based on project-centric thematic lectures, in-class exercises, and student presentations.
Last updated on 16-07-2014