Case Studies in Information Systems

The course module will be about case study research as practiced in the Information Systems (IS) discipline. In the first session, we will see the different forms of qualitative research published in the IS literature, and talk about implications for us as researchers and as evaluators. Next, we will analyze papers published in four “mainstream” journals (MISQ, ISR, JAIS, and JMIS), and summarize the characteristics of “successful” papers. In the following session, we will critically analyze 10 case research articles that have been published in leading journals. Participants will be asked to read the 10-12 articles provided about 2 weeks in advance. Further, each student (with 1-2 other team-members) will be asked to present a summary and methodological critique of an assigned paper from this set of 10-12 papers. In the final session, we will continue with our analysis of the 10-12 articles (from the previous session). Finally, to conclude, we will summarize the key lessons learned in the module, focusing on data collection, data analysis, theorizing, and representation for journal publications.


20th and 21th of March in Helsinki,Aalto-university, School of Economics
Address: Lapuankatu 6
Classrooms: Tuesday 20th: E-014, Wednesday 21st: E-012


Professor Suprateek Sarker, Washington State University

Organizer: Professor Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto-University


This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and PhD-students.
For others participation fee is 700 €.


Tue 20th, Day 1

09:00 Overview of Qualitative Research in IS
10:30 Break
10:45 Continuation/Discussion and Recap of the Previous Session,  Preparation for analysis presentations/discussion
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Analysis of published case research in IS
15:00 Break
15:15 Analysis of published case research in IS, Homework Exercise

Wed 21st, Day 2

09:00 Analysis of published case research in IS
10:30 Break
10:45 Analysis of published case research in IS, Brief Discussion on Research Plans
12:00 Lessons learned


The doctoral student participating in the seminar can obtain three credit points. This requires participating on both days and completing the assignments given by the speaker.