The Importance of Context: An Action Research Perspective

Schedule and location

Monday April 24th -  Tuesday April 25th
Aalto University BIZ (Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki) 

Registration 

Registration is open February 10th  - April 13th .

Speakers

Prof. Robert M. Davison, City University of Hong Kong

Organizer

Professor Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.

Overview

In this workshop, I will explore two related themes: ‘context in research’ and ‘action research’. My standpoint is that of both an active researcher and a journal editor. The workshop will start with an overview of context in IS research – why it is important and how it can be embedded into research designs that can lead to publishable IS research. I also hope to stimulate the workshop participants into making their own reflections on context, so some of the time will be reserved for participant contributions, where they draw on their own research experiences. Action Research will be offered as a specific methodology that is particularly suitable for context-centric research. A tutorial on the principles and guidelines that underpin AR will be offered, with a particular focus on contextual details. The tutorial will include some reflections on the barriers to AR and how they can be overcome. I will then present an ongoing AR project in order to illustrate how and why the contextual details are important to appreciating the impact and relevance of the AR study beyond the immediate context.

Some parts of the workshop wil be based on the following articles, but new and unpublished material will also be presented.

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Ou, C.X.J. (2012) The Roles of Theory in Canonical Action Research, Management Information Systems Quarterly, 36, 3, 763-786.

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Kock, N. (2004) Principles of Canonical Action Research, Information Systems Journal, 14, 1, 65-86.

Davison, R.M. and Martinsons, M.G. (2016) Context is King! Considering Particularism in Research Design and Reporting, Journal of Information Technology, 31, 3, 241-249.

Davison, R.M. (2014) Editorial (Context in IS Research), Information Systems Journal, 24, 3, 203-205.

Davison, R.M. (2016) Editorial – The Art of Storytelling, Information Systems Journal, 26, 3, 191-194.

Davison, R.M. and Martinsons, M.G. (2007) Action Research and Consulting: Hellish Partnership or Heavenly Marriage?, in Kock, N.F. (Ed.) Information Systems Action Research: An Applied View of Emerging Concepts and Methods, Springer, Chapter 16, 377-394.

Detailed Program

 

Agenda for Day 1

1000-1015

Introduction to the Speaker and the Workshop

Robert

1015-1115

The Nature of Context in IS research I

Robert

1115-1130

Break

 

1130-1230

The Nature of Context in IS Research II

Robert

1230-1315

Reflections and Discussion about Context

All

1315-1415

Lunch

 

1415-1530

Canonical Action Research I

(Introduction, History, In IS, 15 Variants, Principles/Criteria)

Robert

1530-1545

Break

 

1545-1645

Canonical Action Research II (AR & Theory; Barriers to AR; Fedex Case)

 

1645-1730

Reflections and Discussion about Action Research – Research Initiation

All

 

Agenda for Day 2

0900-0915

Recapitulation of Day 1 – Context and Action Research

Robert

0915-1030

Presentation of Research Plans by Groups – with critical commentary

All

1030-1045

Break

 

1045-1130

Journal Editors’ Expectations for Action Research

Robert

1130-1200

Closing Session; Final Reflections on Context and Action Research

Robert

1200-1300

Lunch

 

1300-

1-1 focused discussion sessions

Robert

 

 

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain  2 credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignment.

Readings

Some parts of the workshop wil be based on the following articles, but new and unpublished material will also be presented.

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Ou, C.X.J. (2012) The Roles of Theory in Canonical Action Research, Management Information Systems Quarterly, 36, 3, 763-786.

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Kock, N. (2004) Principles of Canonical Action Research, Information Systems Journal, 14, 1, 65-86.

Davison, R.M. and Martinsons, M.G. (2016) Context is King! Considering Particularism in Research Design and Reporting, Journal of Information Technology, 31, 3, 241-249.

Davison, R.M. (2014) Editorial (Context in IS Research), Information Systems Journal, 24, 3, 203-205.

Davison, R.M. (2016) Editorial – The Art of Storytelling, Information Systems Journal, 26, 3, 191-194.

Davison, R.M. and Martinsons, M.G. (2007) Action Research and Consulting: Hellish Partnership or Heavenly Marriage?, in Kock, N.F. (Ed.) Information Systems Action Research: An Applied View of Emerging Concepts and Methods, Springer, Chapter 16, 377-394.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for Inforte.fi member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.