The IDS program is designed to produce world-class scholars with capabilities in research, teaching and service. Students are expected to develop skills in recognizing and conceptualizing critical research questions and problems that need to be addressed in one or more areas that make up IDS. Students must also master one or more methodologies for conducting empirical or theoretical inquiry. These methodologies must be both grounded in basic academic disciplines (e.g., psychology, economics, computer science), and potentially fruitful for the study of how individuals and organizations use information and make decisions with the aid of technology.
Students must take a minimum of 46 semester credits of coursework including 14 credits of IDSc PhD seminars, 8 credits of research methodology coursework (this can overlap with the supporting field coursework), and 16 credits of supporting fields or minor area coursework. Students are required to take IDSc 8511, 8521, 8531, 8541 and 8711. Methodology courses can include regression, experimental design, multivariate statistics, and econometric modeling. Students who lack in technical and business knowledge of IDSc will need to take MBA courses to make up any deficiencies.
IDSc 8511: Conceptual Topics and Research Methods in IDSc
This course covers the relationships of IDSc to underlying disciplines; major research streams; seminal articles; survey literature; and major researchers. Provides the framework for organizing knowledge about information and decision sciences.
IDSc 8521: Seminar in Systems Development
Concepts and practice in information systems development; process and data analysis; system development life cycle research issues; research methods with an emphasis on modeling and simulation.
IDSc 8531: Organizational Theory and Research in Information Systems
Introduction, adoption, use/exploitation of information systems in organizations. Critically examine empirical work. Formulate research questions. Conduct research.
IDSc 8541: Introduction to Economics of Information Systems
Classical research questions. Methods/findings that form backbone of economics of IS. Online auctions, electronic markets, off shoring, human capital issues.
IDSc 8711: Cognitive Science
Covers empirically based concepts of knowledge and reason, mental representation and conceptual systems that guide problem solving and decision making. Focus on computational metaphor of mind drawn from psychology, computer science, linguistics, anthropology, and philosophy. Implications for understanding of knowledge work.
There are two parts to this exam. One is an in-house exam based on core materials discussed in the required IDS seminars, while the second part is a research portfolio that evaluates each student’s individual strengths and research development. The research portfolio will be evaluated based on quality rather than quantity of work, so students should submit only their best work.
All students are required to attend the weekly IDS workshops. Students should TA at least one MBA course to help in developing their teaching skills, and help prepare and deliver at least one class session under tutelage of the faculty instructor. Two course instructor experiences are expected, usually during the third and/or fourth year. Prior to interviewing for a faculty position, each student should have a defended proposal and present their thesis work at an IDS workshop where they can obtain constructive feedback.