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Lecture Announcement ST 2021: Introduction to Business and Information Systems Research (Master)


The chair of Information Systems and Business Process Management of Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger offers the lecture "Introduction to Business and Information Systems Research" for Master students in the current semester. This semester, the lecture will be held by Dr. Anna Maria Oberländer and Peter Hofmann.

Course Description

The lecture "Introduction to Business & Information Systems Research" is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build up basic theoretical and methodological skills needed to conceptualize, conduct, and communicate their own research. To do so, the lecture will familiarize students with the essential triad consisting of topics, methods, and theories. While selecting an exciting topic is a fundamental anchor for research's relevance, a research's ability to provide rigorous results depends on a sound command of theories and methods.

In this context, theories provide the researcher a sound basis by summarizing current knowledge and allowing for a precise investigation and definition of their topic's underlying phenomenon. They also provide the students with a theoretical lens to investigate their topics from the perspective they are most interested in. Complementary to this, methods afford the student with the ability to produce reliable results, which allow her/him to derive both meaningful and trustworthy conclusions. This way, they can make sure that their results are not only interesting but also scientifically valid.

To support students in their preparation for their master theses, the course will introduce the most common methods used in business research by looking at examples from the Information Systems (IS) discipline. This includes how to carry out a literature review as well as qualitative (e.g., case study research) and quantitative (e.g., survey-based research) methods of empirical research. Furthermore, the design science paradigm will be discussed.

Teaching Mode

Most of the lectures will be provided in live sessions, which make extensive use of video conferencing to allow for discussion of topics and answering of open questions. We will also have selected self-study units, where students will be provided with appropriate lecture materials, video recordings, screencasts, and readings.


Live Tutorial: Monday 12:15 – 13:45; start on 03.05.2021, then the following dates: 17.05.2021, 07.06.2021, 14.06.2021, 21.06.2021, 28.06.2021, 05.07.2021

Live Lecture: Weekly; start on Tuesday 13.04.2021, 14:15 – 15:45

Course Requirements

This course is offered to all Master students enrolled in the Business Administration (BWL) program of the University of Bayreuth as part of the B1-6 module (Research Methods) or the supplementary module ("Ergänzungsmodul"). There are no prerequisites for attending this course. Exchange students are welcome.


Registration is not necessary.

Lecture Materials

The required documents will be made available in the eLearning portal.


Dr. Anna Maria Oberländer and Peter Hofmann 

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