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Advances in Digital Technology Research Seminar - 2 ECTS

Date and time

Friday 1 March 2024 at 09:00 to Friday 12 April 2024 at 12:00

Registration Deadline

Thursday 29 February 2024 at 18:55


Kilen - room KL1.43 (first floor), Kilevej 14A, 2000 Frederiksberg Kilen - room KL1.43 (first floor)
Kilevej 14A
2000 Frederiksberg

Advances in Digital Technology Research Seminar - 2 ECTS

Course coordinator: Michel Avital, Department of Digitalization (DIGI)



Professor Michel Avital
Department of Digitalization, CBS 

Department of Digitalization, CBS 
Assistant Professor Maren Gierlich-Joas
Department of Digitalization, CBS 
Department of Digitalization, CBS 
Department of Digitalization, CBS 

Department of Digitalization, CBS

Professor Carsten Sorensen
Department of Digitalization, CBS

Assistant Professor Weifang Wu
Department of Digitalization, CBS

Aims and Objectives

This introductory course highlights a selection of contemporary central topics in information systems and digital technology management research. It is designed to familiarize doctorate students with the main research streams and contributing scholars of IS research, introduce the common research approaches, and provide a safe environment for stepping into lifelong research endeavors. In addition to reviewing a rich subset of the IS research literature, the course seeks to prepare the foundations that will assist the participants in developing and writing their thesis. Each annual round of the course covers a new selection of topics that are prevalent in the IS research discourse.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the main research streams in IS research 
  • Identify the key scholars in IS research and discuss their contribution to the body of knowledge
  • Identify and discuss key disciplinary controversies and debates
  • Discuss the development of the IS research discipline and its community of scholars
  • Apply IS research theory to own thesis project
  • Position own thesis project in the context of the IS body of knowledge

Structure and Format

The course surveys a broad literature base to provide students with a grasp of the main issues in the IS discipline while developing a deeper understanding of its development and conceptual turns. The course emphasizes breadth and is geared toward the socio-technical aspects of information technologies in an organizational context. Specifically, participants will have an opportunity to examine the main strands of IS research and their interrelationships in the overall context of the discipline and management studies. 

The course is designed as a sequence of 6 distinct three-hour meetings, each covering a central topic in information systems research. The meetings are designed in a research seminar format that includes guided discussions, mini-workshops, and teacher and student class presentations. In addition to a critical and appreciative review of existing work, the seminar emphasizes constructive discussion aiming toward helping students to design state of the art research that builds on and extends the related current body of knowledge.

Considering the underlying objective, the readings, class preparation and class participation are essential. In preparation for each seminar, each student will review the assigned articles, and subsequently should prepare and upload to CANVAS a “conversation starter” that discusses and integrates the readings as well as offers personal insights and suggested topics for further discussion in the seminar. Upload or post your conversation starter to the designated Assignment section in Canvas at least 48 hours prior to the class (Wednesday at noon).

Lecture plan

01 March - The Digital Innovation - Room KL1.43
- Carsten Sørensen

08 March - AI and Personalization - Room KL1.43   
- Travis Greene

15 March - People and IT - Room KL1.43
- Maren Gierlich-Joas

22 March - Decision-making with Humans and Machines - Room KL Ks71
- Jason Burton

05 April - IS Economics - Room KL1.43
- Robert Kauffman & Weifang Wu

12 April - Digital Transformation of Work - Room KL1.43
Tina Blegind Jensen

         * All sessions are Fridays, 14:00-17:00, except first day which is 09:00 - 12:00.


A Pass/Fail grade will be based on participation and timely submission of all six 2-page (max) conversation starters.    
Retake exam: students who attended at least 50% of the sessions but do not fulfill the passing requirements may submit a 25-page literature review theory development paper that is based on all the required readings. The paper is due 30 days after the last class. 

Note: DIGI students are required to pass 4.0 ECTS by taking two rounds of the seminar


Registration deadline and conditions

The registration deadline is 1 February 2024. If you want to cancel your registration on the course it should be done prior to this mentioned date. By this date we determine whether we have enough registrations to run the course, or who should be offered a seat if we have received too many registrations.

If there are more seats available on the course we leave the registration open by setting a new regsitration deadline in order to fill remaining seats. Once you have received our acceptance/welcome letter to join the course, your registration is binding and we do not refund your course fee. The binding registration date will be the registration deadline mentioned above.

Payment methods

Make sure you choose the correct method of payment upon finalizing your registration:

CBS students:
Choose payment method CBS PhD students and the course fee will be deducted from your PhD course budget.
Students from other Danish universities: 
Choose payment method Danish Electronic Invoice (EAN). Fill in your EAN number, attention and possible purchase (project) order number.
Do you not pay by EAN number please choose Invoice to pay via electronic bank payment (+71). 
Students from foreign universities:
Choose payment method Payment Card. Are you not able to pay by credit card please choose Invoice International to pay via bank transfer. 
Please note that your registration is binding after the registration deadline.

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Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475

Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475