This course is replaced by IN5000 – Qualitative Research Methods.

Syllabus/achievement requirements

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 ADDITIONAL, will not be required for the exam; they are meant as suggestions for further reading.

Course book

Crang, M. & Cook, I. 2007: Doing Ethnographies, Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-07619-4446-1. 1st edition.

Articles and Book Chapters

Myers, M.D., Section Editor (living version): Qualitative Research in Information Systems, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Originally published in MISQ Discovery, June 1997. Available online.

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. Available at the library. Additional reading.

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

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. Available at the library. Additional reading.

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. Additional reading.

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

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. Available at the library.

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. Additional reading..

Guimarães Jr, M. J. L. (2005): Doing Anthropology in Cyberspace: Fieldwork Boundaries and Social Environments, In Hine (edt) Virtual Methods. Issues in Social research on the Internet. Berg, pp. 141-156. Available at the library. Additional reading.

Brown, B. & M. Bell (2004): CSCW at play: 'There' as a collaborative virtual environment, Proceedings of the 2004 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, pp. 350–359. Available online. Additional reading.

Monahan, T. (2008): Picturing technological change: the materiality of information infrastructures in public education, 2008. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. Vol. 17, No. 2, July 2008, 89-101. Available online.

Crabtree, A., Rodden, T., Tolmie, P. & Button, G. (2009): Ethnography Considered Harmful, CHI 2009, April 4-9, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Available online. Additional reading.

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

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. Additional reading.

Graver, B., Dunne, T. and Pacenti, E. (1999) Cultural Probes: Cultural Probes, In Interactions. Jan+Feb. 1999, pp. 21-29. Available online. Additional reading.

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. Available at the library.

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.

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

Kalleberg, R. (1992): Konstruktiv samfunnsvitenskap. En fagteoretisk plassering av ”aksjonsforskning”, ISO Rapport nr. 24. Institutt for Sosiologi, UiO. Available at the library. Additional reading.

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

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

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

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

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

Strauss, A., Fagerhaugh, S., Suczek, B., and Wiener, C. (1985): Appendix: Methodological Note, In Social Organization of Medical Work. Available at the library. Additional reading.

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. Available at the library. Additional reading.

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. Additional reading.

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

Latour, B. (1999): Circulating Reference: Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest, In Pandoras Hope. Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Harvard University Press. Chap. 2, pp. 24-79. Available at the library. Additional reading.

Sørensen, C. (revised version of 2002): This is Not an Article - just some food for thought on how to write one, Working Paper. Department of Information Systems, The London School of Economics and Political Science. No. 121. Available online.

Stake, R. E. (2005): Qualitative Case Studies, In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds.) (2005): The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications. Chap. 17, pp. 443-466. Available at the library.

Charmaz, K. (2005): Grounded Theory in The 21st Century. In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds.) (2005): The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications. Chap. 20, pp. 507-535. Available at the library. Additional reading.

Harper, D. (2005): What’s New Visually? In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds.) 2005: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications. Chap. 29, pp. 747-762. Available at the library. Additional reading.

Markham, A. N. (2005): The Methods, Politics, and Ethics of Representation in Online Ethnography. In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds.) (2005): The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications. Chap. 17, pp. 793-820. Available at the library. Additional reading.

Blauhut, D. & Buur, J. (2009): What video styles can do for user research. Paper at The Nordes Conference 2009 "Engaging Artifacts", Oslo, Norway. Available online. Additional reading.

Leander, K. M. & Mckim, K. K. (2003): 'Tracing the Everyday 'Sitings' of Adolescents on the Internet: a strategic adaption of ethnography across online and offline spaces. In Education, Communication & Information, 3:2, pp. 211-240. Available online.


Bent Hamer (2003): "Salmer fra Kjøkkenet". SF Norge AS. English titel: " Kitchen Stories". Available at the library.

Katie Vann (2008): "In the Web & on the Ground". With permission from the director.

Stuart Hall: Representation an the media. Media Education Foundation. Available at the library.

Additional Resources

Personvernombudet for forskning.

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

A few extra suggestions for further readings - ADDITIONALS

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.

Denzin, N. K. & Lincon, Y. S. (eds.) (2005): The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 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.

Kvale, S. (1996): InterViews. An Introduction to Qualitative Research Interviewing, Sage Publications.

Hammersly, M. and Atkinson, P. (1987): Feltmetodikk. Grundlaget for feltarbeid og feltforskning, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag.

Silverman, D. (2005): Doing Qualitative Research, Sage Publications.

Hylland Eriksen, T. (2003): Hva er Sosialantropologi, Universitetsforlaget.

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