Research Seminar II


Research Seminar II is the continuation of the work of Seminar I, with greater emphasis on methodological issues and preparation of the PhD research proposal.
The UC has four key objectives:
1.Familiarize students with the research process and, in particular, a set of methodologies critical to the development of scientific projects in the context of information management;
2.Support students in developing the PhD proposal. During the semester students must accurately define the research objectives and the research design in order to draft the final PhD proposal;
3.Help students to establish the current state of the art in their research topics through the critical review of the literature;
4.Develop skills of scientific communication, whether oral or written.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paulo Miguel Rasquinho Ferreira Rita


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


Students should have attended the UC Research Seminar I
Students should have already prepared a 1st version of the doctoral proposal


AVISON, D.; PRIES-HEJE,J. (2005). Research in Information Systems. Oxford, UK, Elsevier Ltd.; BRYMAN, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. 3rd Ed. Oxford University Press Inc., New York, USA.; Cater-Steel, A.; Al-Hakim, L. (2009). Information Systems Research Methods, Epistemology, and Applications. IGI Global; Dwivedi, Y. K., Lal, B., Williams, M. D., Schneberger, S. L., & Wade, M. (2009). "Handbook of Research on Contemporary Theoretical Models in Information Systems." IGI Global, 2009; HART, C. (2001). Doing a Literature Search: a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. London: Sage Publications

Teaching method

The course is based on a hybrid set of seminars and lectures, with the active collaboration of researchers at IMS. Once students are encouraged to adopt research methods accepted in their specific areas of research, different researchers familiarize doctoral students with a range of strategies, approaches and research methods that can be implemented in different projects.
The seminars include lectures, presentations and discussions during which the sharing of ideas and experiences is encouraged. The pedagogical assumption is that there is no "right approach" to design a research project, but in\correct approaches are also discussed during the seminars.

Evaluation method

In this module assessment will be based on 3 elements
a)Critical Literature Review (50% of final grade). b)PhD Research Proposal (10% presentation+ 40% Final draft);
- A week before the presentation you should send your proposal to the teacher and the colleague who will discuss your work

Subject matter

Schematically, this course includes the following contents:
1) Development of the research proposal
a) Research problem definition
b) Research objectives and hypotheses
c) Context, limitations, quality and originality of research
d) Contents of the research proposal2) Critical review of the literature
a) Review, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of literature
b) Synthesis and writing of the literature review
c) Development of the theory and definition of the conceptual model
3) Methodological approaches
a) The scientific method - theoretical and empirical approaches
b) The non-positivist and positivist paradigms
c) Qualitative and quantitative approaches
d) Research designs