Doctoral Course: The simple elegance on causal inquiry

Professor Robert O. Briggs, Ph.D., San Diego State University, CA, U.S.A.

Time and Location:
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Friday, October 6, 2017
ITeG Research Center, Pfannkuchstr. 1, 34121 Kassel, R. 0420

The Goal of this course:
Understanding of Scientific Methods & Paper Coaching

Course description:
The human mind has an astonishing ability to draw inferences from tiny clues. It has an abysmal ability, however, to distinguish valid from invalid positions without some help. To minimize the likelihood that we would draw, then act on invalid inferences, philosophers conceived scientific method. The logic of scientific inquiry may be discovered piece-by-piece in papers by the giants of philosophy who conceived them. That literature, however, is fragmented, and it is couched in language that can be all but impenetrable by non-philosophers. It is also difficult to find an end-to-end explanation of its core logic. The seminar synthesizes the logic of science into a sequence of interrelated pragmatic disciplines – straightfoward practices that researchers can adopt to structure their thinking in ways reveal the flaws in indefensible positions, inspired counter-intuitive insights, speed up research cycles, and improved the quality of research. These disciplines make it easier apply research methods in ways that yield sound results, and they make it easier to write scholarly papers while improving their clarity, substance, and impact.

Reading List:

  • Briggs, R.O., Schwabe, G., On Expanding, the Scope of Design Science in IS Research, in: J.Jain, A.P.Sinha, and P.Vitharana (Eds.): DESRIST 2011, LNCS, pp. 92-106, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2011
  • Bacherach, S.B., Organizational Theories: Some Criteria for Evaluation. Academy of Management Review, 1989, Vol 14, No,4, 496-515
  • Stebbins, R.A., Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences. Qualitative Research Methods, Vol. 48, Sage Publications, London, 2001

Course Schedule:

Theoretical Foundations:
Monday,      Sept. 25, 2017: 09:00-15:30
Tuesday,     Sept. 26, 2017: 09:00-12:00
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017: 09:00-12:00

Paper Coachings:
Sept. 26 - Oct.06, 2017 (all slots filled)

Research Talk:
Sept. 28, 2017, 17:30-19:00, ITeG Room 0420
Professor Robert O. Briggs will give a research talk in the lecture Series
ITeG-Ringvorlesung 2017-2018:
„A Field Experiment to test the Yield Shift Theory of Satisfaction“.