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2018/2019  KAN-CBUSO1005U  Perspectives on E-Business Research

English Title
Perspectives on E-Business Research

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
BUS Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - Department of Digitalisation
  • Xiao Xiao - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-11-2018

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Learning objectives
  • 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 research:
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 Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 25 pages
1 student: 15 pages (It is also possible for students to write the project alone)
2 students: 20 pages
3 students: 25 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Oral Exam is 30 minutes in total for 2 students, 45 minutes for 3 students.

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 CBS E-Business (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.

The course is fundamental for writing the Master's Thesis.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching will be based on project-centric thematic lectures, in-class exercises, and student presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback and further advice will be provided upon request on class exercises, group work, and oral presentations.
Student workload
Class lectures 28 hours
Class exercises 24 hours
Class preparation 38 hours
Exam and exam preparation 116 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books


*Saunders, Thornhill and Lewis (2012), Research Methods for Business Students, 6th edition (or earlier edition), Pearson.

*Additional mandatory articles and resources as described in the course syllabus.

Last updated on 29-11-2018