I spent the last week (May 2- 8, 2010) as one of 20 PhD students from Denmark, Greece, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden and Germany in a former monastery called Magleås, not far from Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a summer school organized by the Danish Research School for Information Systems (DaRSIS).
The fact that we were too far from the city to leave our very nice place for a few hours made that week rather intense. Our program included lectures in the morning and group work afterwards. During these group sessions everybody’s project was discussed in detail. Additionally we could sign up for one-on-one discussions with the faculty members in the evening.
The two guests were Geoff Walsham (Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) and Robin Williams (Research Centre for Social Sciences, The University of Edinburgh). Apart from their lectures (two each) they mixed with the rest of the faculty members, namely:
- Kim Normann Andersen (Center of Applied IT, Copenhagen Business School)
- Keld Bødker (Department of Communication, Roskilde University)
- Erling Havn (Department of Management Engineering Work, Technology and Organisation, Technical University of Denmark)
- Tina Blegind Jensen (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)
- Finn Kensing (Center for IT Innovation University of Copenhagen)
- Pernille Kræmmergaard (Center for IT-Management, Aalborg University)
- Peter Axel Nielsen (Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University)
I managed to talk to most of the faculty members and the other students in detail. The feedback that I gained was quite enormous and I actually learned a lot during that time.
One of the core statements that followed us for the whole week was a question asked by Geoff Walsham on the first day: So what?!
Researchers should always be able to justify their choices and be able to point out their contributions. Based on these thoughts were we discussing about methods and theory. I gained a lot of insights from different perspectives. The whole course led to a rather long list of fascinating topics, many interesting contacts and conversations and, not to be forgotten, to the idea of this blog.
Now I will work my way through the notes I made through the last week and start reading…