Advanced Qualitative Methods Seminar Series

Organisers 2017: Davide Nicolini, Bjørn Erik Mørk and Bendik Bygstad


Illustration: Colourbox.noThe Information Systems Group of Dept. of Informatics at University of Oslo has a long track record of studying large information infrastructures. We invite to an advanced series of workshops on qualitative methods, which has two aims:

  • To enable PhD students to conduct high-quality research
  • To provide an arena for faculty for sharpening the methodological approaches and tools for studying large socio-technical structures by qualitative methods

The seminars combine the two aims by offering a step-wise program of methods and techniques, and dedicated sessions for methodology development, drawing on staff and PhDs.


Professor Natalia Levina
Professor Natalia Levina
Stern School of Business, New York University
Professor Kalle Lyytinen
Professor Kalle Lyytinen
Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University
Professor Davide Nicolini
Professor Davide Nicolini
Prof. & Co Director of IKON WBS and Adjunct Prof. University of Oslo

Learning Outcome for PhD students


  • Understand basic ontology, epistemology and the characteristics of qualitative methods
  • Have an overview of the qualitative research literature, and of the publication process


  • Can make a high-level research design
  • Can conduct qualitative data collection and analysis


  • Can combine knowledge and skills to make a research design/draft method chapter for a PhD study
  • Reflect critically on the use and outcomes of qualitative methods

Learning Outcome for Faculty

Increase faculty’s capacity to provide good supervision on methods issues. A medium-term goal is to write one methods article on how to conduct information infrastructure research.


Participation is restricted to 20 PhD students to ensure interactive and engaging sessions for everyone attending. Hence early submission of application is encouraged.


Students get 10 credits for completing the course. In cases where participants only need 5 credits the organisers will provide them with a shorter reading list and the final assignment will also be Shorter.


To apply, please send an e-mail to or

Application deadline is December 21st. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 23rd.

There is no fee for attending the course.

Seminar Series Outline

Dates Location Topics Responsible

17-18 January


Introduction to qualitative research

Bendik Bygstad and Davide Nicolini

15-16 February


Collecting data

Davide Nicolini, Bjørn Erik Mørk and Eric Monteiro

14-15 March


Data analysis

Natalia Levina and Margunn Aanestad

April Oslo

Theorising and Publishing

Kalle Lyytinen, Davide Nicolini and Ole Hanseth

TBD Oslo

Action research

Kristin Braa