Conf-IRM 2014

International Conference on Information Resources Management
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 21 - 23 2014


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Prof. David Avison 

David Avison is Distinguished Professor of IS at ESSEC Business School. He was president of the Association for Information Systems 2008-2009, and was founding editor (with Guy Fitzgerald) of Information Systems Journal. So far, over twenty-five books are to his credit including, most recently, the text Information Systems Project Management (with Reza Torkzedah) (Sage) and the well-used text Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools (with Guy Fitzgerald) (4th ed. McGraw-Hill). He has published a large number of research papers in learned journals, edited texts and conferences. He served as chair of the International Federation of Information Processing WG8.2 (Impact of IS/IT on Organizations and Society) and vice-chair of IFIP TC8. He also served as president of the UK Academy for Information Systems. He has been program chair, conference chair and general chair of several conferences (and delivered over 20 invited keynotes). He was joint chair of ICIS 2005 (with Dennis Galletta). He was a member of faculty at two ICIS doctoral consortia, and those for ACIS, ECIS, AIM and UKAIS. He edited (with Jan Pries-Heje) Research in Information Systems: A Handbook for Research Students and Their Supervisors (Elsevier). He researches in the area of IS development and more generally on information systems in their natural organizational setting using action research, case study, hermeneutic analysis, conversational analysis and other qualitative approaches. His research emphasizes human, social and organizational impacts of the new technology. He is concerned about the evidence of leaders underestimating the importance of Information Systems, e.g. Managerial IT Unconsciousness (with Shirley Gregor and David Wilson) Comm. ACM, 2006.

TOPIC – "Contributions of Qualitative Research"

In this keynote presentation, I will discuss the potential of qualitative research through my own work and that of others. These examples include case study, action research, ethnography and conversation analysis. In an academic world where quantitative studies still prevail, I hope >to show that qualitative research can also have rigour, depth and richness as well as relevance. I will also discuss publishing qualitative research in leading journals.