Epistemology and Theory Building

Time and location

Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 of October 2012
Aalto University School of Business (Lapuankatu 2, Helsinki)


Professor Sirkka Järvenpää, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin / Aalto University School of Science

Organizer Professor Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University School of Business


This seminar is free-of-charge for INFORTE.fi member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 700 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.

Credit points for PhD Students

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain two (2) credit points. This requires participating to the both days, completing the pre-assignment and assignments given at the seminar.

NOTE in this seminar participants should do PRE-assignment (open here).

For participants who come elsewhere than Helsinki, will be arranged place to work with homework on Thursday.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday 10 October, Arkadia room E-125 DAY 1:
Research in Information Systems:

10:00-11:30 Introduction to Research in Information Systems
11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-12:15 Formulating Research Questions
12:15-13:15 Exercise I: Formulating Research Questions
13:15-14:00 Lunch *) Lunch can be bought at own expense from Restaurant Arkadia
14:00-16:00 Theory Building: Part I

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

 16:15-17:00 Exercise 2: Developing Research Models
  Homework: Exercise 3
Complete Assignment 3 at home: mail to Sirkka.Jarvenpaa at mccombs.utexas.edu
Thursday 11 October
DAY 2:
Independent working on homework 3
(Sirkka's office hours for advice at 11-12 and 14-15)
Friday 12 October
DAY 3:
Research in information Systems

9:00-10:30 Theory Building: Part II

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Exercise 4: Developing Hypotheses

Concluding Remarks