Welcome to Action Research and Design Research in IT Studies


Action research, design research, design science research are all proactive research approaches with a wide applicability in IT studies. The course will address the foundational issues for the proactive researcher whether that is an industrial PhD student or a PhD student that has close engagement with the organisations, teams, or other social communities.

The course will cover: • Action research, design research, action design research, and design science research in IT: Why? What? • Organising and managing proactive projects and enacting the action-learning cycles • Data collection and analysis • Genres of writing up action/design research studies • Identifying and presenting contributions • The utilisation of framework for action and empirical research • Linkages with engaged scholarship and case study research • The insider role in action research and reflexivity in general in social studies This course is particularly relevant for industrial PhD studies.

Prerequisites: The course is specifically addressing PhD students in the application of IT, information systems, and related subjects. PhD students working in other subjects are welcome, but should know that all the example material is drawn from IT studies. Learning objectives: Know how to organise, conduct, and report from action/design research.

Organizer and lecturer: Professor Peter Axel Nielsen, e-mail: pan@cs.aau.dk

ECTS: 2.0

Time: 29-31 August 2016

Place: Aalborg University, Building Cassiopeia, Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg East

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 12 August 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.