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Research Problematisation - A Talk by Professor Robert Davison -

The IDEAS Lab kindly invites you to a talk by Prof. Robert Davison on Tuesday 6th of December 2022


12:15 -13:15: Research lunch seminar

Title: Research Problematisation

Room: C1-09

Campus: Kvadraturen Kristiania

Address: Kirkegata 24, 0107 Oslo.

In this seminar, Robert explores how researchers motivate their research and, in particular, focuses on the concept of problematisation. He argues that careful problematisation will lead to a better-motivated research design with more significant contributions to research and practice. He contrasts problematisation with the often-practised “gap spotting” approach and outlines some of the deficiencies of the latter. He will provide examples of problematisation and ideas about how the technique can be applied in practice. The seminar should provoke debate about how and why we do research.

* PhD students and staff are very welcome.

( Snacks & coffee will be served).

13:30 -15:00 one-on-one meetings

Room: Ansattkantine (vis a vis, kantine)

If you want to discuss research with Robert, he will be available for a one-to-one talk, please book time in advance.

Bio Robert Davison

Robert Davison is a Professor of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong.

His research focuses on the use and misuse of information systems, especially with respect to problem-solving, guanxi formation and knowledge management, in Chinese organisations. He is particularly known for his scholarship in the domain of action research. Within the AIS, Robert chaired the research ethics committee for many years and is currently the convenor of the College of Senior Scholars. Robert currently chairs the IFIP WG 9.4 (The Implications of Information and Digital Technologies for Development). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. As a researcher and editor, he seeks to promote an inclusive and indigenous perspective to research.

He was recognised in 2020 and 2021 as one of the top 2% of most-cited researchers globally in his field.

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