Adam Worrall

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Fall 2010, taught by Dr. Joey George

As the syllabus for this course stated, “ISM 6109 is not about general systems theory” (the name is a holdover). Instead, this was an overview and readings seminar in management information systems (MIS), covering 77 of the most-cited papers in that field from its four most important journals over the last 25 years. Students were to

develop an understanding of 1) important issues from the past [of MIS] that have shaped important issues for [MIS] today … 2) an appreciation for the basic body of work that has shaped the MIS academic discipline … [and] 3) the overall structure and content of an MIS doctoral dissertation.

There were six assignments that contributed to the final grade in this course: (a) presenting and writing an analysis of a paper chosen outside the given reading list, on a topic chosen at the beginning of the semester; (b) summarizing and analyzing an MIS doctoral dissertation and proposing a follow-up study from it; (c) a take-home, written midterm exam; (d) a mock peer review assignment; (e) leading one class session; and (f) class participation. My submissions for all but assignment (f) are linked below.

Analysis of chosen topic and paper

At the beginning of the semester I chose the topic of group support systems (GSS) from those listed in the syllabus. I then chose to present my analysis on the following paper:

Paul, S., & Nazareth, D. L. (2010). Input information complexity, perceived time pressure, and information processing in GSS-based work groups: An experimental investigation using a decision schema to alleviate information overload conditions. Decision Support Systems, 49(1), 31–40. doi:10.1016/j.dss.2009.12.007

You can read my summary and analysis of this paper (in light of the other readings assigned that week) as well as view my presentation of both those readings and this article.

Summary, analysis of doctoral dissertation

For this assignment I reviewed recent dissertations in MIS and found the following dissertation, which I felt was particularly relevant both to my research interests and to multiple topics covered within the course:

Sagers, G. W. (2007). Is bigger always better? Toward a resource-based model of open source software development communities (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Florida State University ETD database (etd–03302007–173851). [–03302007–173851/]

You can read my paper summarizing and analyzing this dissertation, as well as presenting a follow-up study to address its many limitations; as well as view my presentation (due a few days before the paper was due) of the dissertation, my analysis, and my proposed follow-up study.

Midterm exam

The instructions for the midterm exam were made available a week before it was due. (It should be noted that we were instructed in class that the two hour limit per question was a guideline, not a hard requirement; it was intended for MIS doctoral students who face this limit when they take their comprehensive examination.) You can read my answers to the questions for the midterm exam.

Mock peer review

For this assignment, we were provided an original manuscript by Dr. George, which had been submitted and published (although we were encouraged not to search for it). After writing a mock peer review (limited to two double-spaced pages), we were given the actual reviews for the article and asked to critique our review in light of them (also limited to two double-spaced pages). You can read my mock review of this manuscript as well as my critique.

Leading class session

I chose to lead the first of two weeks that covered research on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), an extremely popular and highly cited model used in MIS research. You can review the questions I prepared for leading this class session, which were provided to Dr. George in advance as requested.