610 IS Economics and Architectures
are expected to come to class prepared and ready to contribute to the
lectures, discussions and exercises. Your participation in class is
required and will have a significant influence on your final grade.
Your final grade for this course is a function of:
Scales Part I (written, individual, take-home)
and Critique of Articles
are written, individual, take-home assignments. They are open book,
open notes, and open readings. You can also use the research resources
of USC and the Web. However, any form of collaboration in your individual
assignment is strictly forbidden. Unless you are assigned to work in
class as a group member or project team member, you should prepare all
your assignments individually, with no external help.
objective of this assignment is to summarize an article's (1) research
problem, (2) question, (3) hypotheses, (4) model and underlying theory
including key assumptions, (5) items (if empirical), (6) research design,
and (7) findings. Furthermore, based on this analysis please provide
a critical review of the article.
write-up of each case must be typed and will be limited to two single-spaced,
letter-size pages with a font size of 12 points. This to include tables,
figures, footnotes and references. This homework assignment is typically
due one week after it has been assigned. All written assignments must
be submitted per the instructions. Do not submit assignments via email
without prior approval. Please make sure that your name, title of the
assignment and date is displayed on the first page of your submission.
This assignment has to be submitted as a Web page so that it can be
posted to be accessible to all peers.
Scales. This deliverable will be submitted in two parts: Part
I as the midterm and Part II as the final exam together with the research
paper. Both parts are written, individual and take-home assignments.
They have to be delivered as a Web site. Please avoid using MS-Frontpage
and use, for example, Dreamweaver instead or write it in HTML.
objective of this assignment is to provide an overview of multi-item
measures for IS research. Constructs will be assigned to each student.
Each student has to compile a literature survey and extract construct
definition, description, samples, validity and source into a table.
Wherever possible, download reference material and link and submit it
with your Web site. Please make sure that your name, title of the assignment
and date is displayed on the first page of your submission.
Paper is a team project of two students max. and due as the
final exam. The write-up has to include sections on (1) research problem,
(2) question, (3) literature survey, (4) hypotheses, (5) model and underlying
theory including key assumptions, (5) items, and (6) research design.
Please make sure that your name, title of the assignment and date is
displayed on the first page of your submission.
of References. For all of your assignments make sure that you
use the course material and literature. Please back up your description,
analysis or recommendation with references whenever appropriate. References
have to be relevant and referencing has to be done properly. A short
reference is inserted in parentheses within the text where it is used.
A complete reference is listed alphabetically in a references section
at the end of your write-up. The short reference includes the author’s
last name, year of publication and page number.
following example illustrates this practice:
analysis focuses on integration activities because recent research
suggests that integration has been the most important mechanism
causing structural change (European Commission 1998, 8). In Figure
3, AOL—the consumer online services pioneer—is used as an example
Commission. 1998. Green Paper on the Convergence of
the Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology Sectors,
and the Implications for Regulation—Towards an Information Society
Approach [electronic document] (accessed 04/18/99); available
from http://www.ispo.cec.be/convergencegp/97623.html; Internet.
one, the use of references is a sign that you know the relevant literature.
For another, it demonstrates your efficiency as you leverage existing
knowledge and avoid re-inventing the wheel.
appropriate use of references is an important component of the grade
of every single assignment in this course.
are either required or recommended.
reading (RQ) means
that I expect every student to be familiar with this paper.
readings (RC) provide
an opportunity for students to go beyond what is required for an average
some exceptions, readings may not be discussed explicitly during sessions.
However, knowledge of the literature will be required to contribute
in our classroom discussions and in order to provide appropriate references
in your assignments. Readings have to be obtained by the student using
USC/Marshall School of Business resources..
who are registered for the course can download the literature list or
table of content of the course reader here:
GSBA 610 Course Reader Material Sp02
do not ask me for extensions or special favors regarding assignments.
notes and figures may be made available either on paper or electronically
as PDF files after class. If additional readings are deemed necessary,
they will be provided in advance.
general, USC Academic Integrity Standards, as cited in the Faculty Manual
will be enforced. Students caught in collaboration on individual assignments,
for example, are subject to a summary “F” for the assignment and course.
bring any questions about grades to me ASAP!