Qualitative Research Methods in Information Systems (CANCELLED)

Schedule and location

The seminar is cancelled. A new schedule will be in autumn.

Aalto University School of Business (Ekonominaukio 1, Espoo)



Professor Karl Reiner Lang, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.


Professor Matti Rossi, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.


This course is designed as an introductory seminar on qualitative research as it is used in the information systems research. The course balances the acquisition of basic knowledge about the conduct of qualitative research with the application of that knowledge to business research. The balance is reflected in the reading material, which consists of basic texts and exemplary studies from leading business research journals. The course introduces the student to various qualitative research approaches, with a focus on case study research, action research, ethnographic research, and grounded theory. The course covers several data collection techniques that are widely used in qualitative research, such as interviews, participant observation, focus groups, fieldwork, and using internet communications and social media. Students are introduced to data coding methods, memo writing, theoretical sampling, data presentation, and also the use of qualitative data analysis software. Perspectives on what it means to draw conclusions and build theory from qualitative data are explored. Students will be given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in project work. The course concludes with some guidance on how to write and publish qualitative research.



Credit points

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

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.