This course is replaced by IN5000 – Qualitative Research Methods.


The course book has been complemented with articles/chapters focusing on relevant debates, approaches and examples from the informatics field, mainly Information Systems Research and Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW).

Detailed knowledge (beyond what is covered in the lectures) of the readings, marked as OPTIONAL, will not be required for the exam; they are meant as suggestions for further reading.


David Silverman: Doing Qualitative Research, 2005. Sage. ISBN: 1 4129 0196 0. (2nd edition). Chap. 1-24 ( except chap. 13, 18, 19).

Articles and Book Chapters

Myers, M.D., and Avison, D. (2002): An Introduction to Qualitative Reaserch in Information Systems, Sage. In Myers and Avison (eds) Qualitative Research in Information Systems. Sage. Chap. 1.

Markus, M. L. (1983): Power, Politics, and MIS Implementation., Communications of the ACM, vol 26, no. 6, pp. 430-444. (Available online).

Walsham, G. (2002): Interpretive Case Study in IS Research, Sage. Ch 6 in Meyers and Avison (eds) "Qualitative Research in Information Systems".

Silverman, D. (1998): Qualitative Research: meaning or practices, Info Systems J, 8, pp- 3-20. (Available online).

Suchman, L. A. and Trigg, R.H. (1991): Understanding Practice: video as a medium for reflection and design, In Greenbaum, J. and Kyng, M. (eds.) Design at work: cooperative design of computer systems.

Hughes J., King, V., Rodden, T., Andersen, H. (1994): Moving out from the control room: Ethnography in systems design, In Proceedings from CSCW’94, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Available online).

Bardram, J. and Bossen, C. (2005): Mobility Work: The Spatial Dimension of Collaboration at a Hospital, ICSCW Journal 14. Pp. 131-160 (Available online).

Blomberg, J., Giacomi, J. Mosher, A. and Swenton-Wall, P. (1993): Ethnographic Field Methods and Their Relation to Design, In Schuler, D. & A. Namioka (eds.) Participatory Design: Principles and Practices. Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum. Pp. 123-156.

Forsythe, D. (1999): It's Just a Matter of Common Sense: Ethnography as Invisible Work, Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. vol. 8, no. 1-2, pp. 127-145. (Available online).

Knowles, C. (2000): Here and there. Doing transnational fieldwork, In V. Amit (edt.) Constructing the Field. Ethnographic Fieldwork in the Contemporary World. Routledge. Pp. 54-70.

Crang, M. and Cook, I. (2007): Interviewing, In Crang and Cook Doing Ethnographies. Sage Publications. Chap. 5, pp. 60-89. OPTIONAL.

Zuiderent, T. (2002): Blurring the Center: on the Politics of Ethnography, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. Vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 59-78. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Schultze, U. (2002): A Confessional Account of an Ethnography about Knowledge Work, MIS Quarterly. Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 3- 41. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Harper, R. (2000): The Organization in Ethnography. A discussion of Ethnographic Fieldwork Programs in CSCW, Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 239-264. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Baskerville, R. and Wood-Harper, T. (2002): A Critical Perspective on Action Research as a Method for Information Systems Research, In Myers and Avison (eds) Qualitative Research in Information Systems. Chap. 8. vol 23, no. 1, pp. 39-66.

Avison, D., Lau, F., Myers, M., and Nielsen, P. A. (1999): Action Research, Communications of the ACM. ISBN: Jan 1999, vol 42, no. 1, pp. 94-97. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Checkland, P., and Holwell, S. (1998): ction Research: Its Nature and Validity, Systemic Practice and Action Research. vol 11, no. 1, pp. 9-21. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Kalleberg, R. (1992): Konstruktiv samfunnsvitenskap. En fagteoretisk plassering av ”aksjonsforskning”, ISO Rapport nr. 24. Institutt for Sosiologi, UiO. OPTIONAL.

Walsham, G. and Sahay, S. (1999): GIS for District Level Administration, MIS Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 39-66. ) (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Walsham, G. (2006): Doing interpretive research, European Journal of Information Systems, 15, pp. 320-330. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Flyvbjerg, B. (2006): Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 12, no. 2. Sage Publications, pp. 219-245. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Geertz, C. (1972): Deep play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight, In Geertz, C. The interpretation of cultures. New York: Basic Books. OPTIONAL.

Thoresen, K. (1999): Appendix D: Grounded Theory, PhD Thesis Computer Use. University of Oslo, Department of Informatics.

Strauss, A., Fagerhaugh, S., Suczek, B., and Wiener, C. (1985): Appendix: Methodological Note, In Social Organization of Medical Work. OPTIONAL.

Emerson, R. M., Fretz, R. I. and Shaw, L. L. (1995): Processing Fieldnotes: Coding and Memoing, In Emerson, Fretz and Shaw Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chap. 6, pp. 142-168. The University of Chicago Press. OPTIONAL.

Silverman, D. (2005): Naturally Occurring Talk, In Silverman Interpreting Qualitative Data. Methods for Analyzing Talk, Text and Interactions. Saga Publications, 2nd edition. Chap 6, pp. 159-192. OPTIONAL.

Klein, H. K. and Myers, M. D. (1999): A set of principles for conducting and evaluating interpretive field studies in information systems, MIS Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 67-94. (Available online).

Lee, A. and Baskerville, R. (2003): Generalizing Generalizability, Information Systems Research. Vol 14, no 3, pp. 221-243. (Available online). OPTIONAL.

Latour, B. (1999): Circulating Reference: Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest, In Latour Pandoras Hope. Chap. 2. OPTIONAL.

Additional Resources (to be complemented) - OPTIONAL

Personvernombudet for forskning.

Link to Datatilsynet, select "Personvern" then "Forskning og helse" , link.

Braa, J., Monteiro, E., Sahay, S.: Networks of Action: Sustainable Health Information Systems Across developing Countries, 2004. MIS Quarterly, Special Issue on Action Research , Vol. 28, No. 3. OPTIONAL. link to pdf.

C Sørensen: This is not an article – just some food for thought on how to write one., (Available online). OPTIONAL.

A few extra suggestions for further readings - OPTIONAL

Amit, A. (edt.) (2005):: Constructing the Field. Ethnographic Fieldwork in the Contemporary World, Routledge.

Sanjek, R. (edt.) (1990): Fieldnotes. The Makings of Anthropolgy, Cornell University Press.

Crang, M. and I. Cook (2007): Doing Ethnographies, Sage Publications.

Latur, B. (1987): Science in Action: How to follow scientists and engineers through society, Harvard University Press.

Stenmetz, G. (edt.) (2005): The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences. Positivism and It’s Epistemological Others, Duke University Press.

Thagaard, T. (1998): Systematikk og innlevelse. En innføring i kvalitativ metode, Fagboglaget.

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