Insightful new textbook from Salford Business School Lecturer sheds light on modern tech research

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Information Systems (IS) research, the field of studying how we collect, manage and use data, is experiencing a profound transformation, spurred by global social shifts, technological advancements and a considerable rise in digital businesses. Amid these changes, there's a growing necessity for methods that can effectively guide research efforts in this complex field. Recognising this need, Dr Mohammed Ali, Lecturer in Digital Business at University of Salford Business School, has authored a brand new textbook , "Information Systems Research: Foundations, Design and Theory."

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The book, which has a planned release date of August 2023, takes a unique perspective by exploring the philosophical foundation of contemporary research design, relating to digital transformation and social sciences at a pivotal time of great change in these areas. It sheds light on critical methods that can be applied to a variety of research projects, including diverse areas of modern tech study, such as how we manage information, how businesses are evolving digitally, and the science of managing data.

The practical application of this book extends beyond academia. It addresses real-world challenges faced by private sector organisations, communities and governments, who are focused on digital transformation – a strategic priority for many organisations looking to both innovate and drive efficiency. The book will also support policymakers, as well as those working in the data science and tech spaces, navigating social paradigm shifts and continued global changes in data collection, management and use.

This broad applicability is an aspect Dr Ali highlights: "Our world is seeing a significant transformation in how we use technology in our daily lives and how organisations use our data. This book offers practical strategies and insights that can help researchers, policymakers and practitioners adapt to this change and effectively conduct research in this evolving field, to ensure the data they are collecting can be applied accordingly to support strategies and inform desired outcomes."

Furthermore, the book discusses the need for a new framework that can help conduct research concerning modern tech issues such as studying big data, analysing large datasets, artificial intelligence (AI) and the impact of emerging technologies. It outlines how these advances can influence areas like regional development, community development and personal development.

"This book can cater to a wide range of fields within the social sciences and across a number of sectors, making it a comprehensive tool for research in areas like accounting, finance and human resources. In an era of big data, AI and continuous emerging disruptive technologies, having a comprehensive and up-to-date framework is paramount.

“Governments aiming to improve how people use technology in underprivileged regions for instance, might find this book to be a useful guide upon conducting research in this area. The book's ability to provide a practical outline for tech research methodology makes it an indispensable resource for researchers aiming to navigate this rapidly evolving landscape," concludes Dr Ali.

On the same note, Professor Trevor Wood-Harper, Emeritus Chair of Information Systems (IS) and Systemic Change at the University of Manchester, lauds the book and its author, saying, "With the passion of an artist, Dr. Mohammed Ali weaves the phenomena in this book into a stunning and intricate work of art that can be appreciated by students, research practitioners, and IS researchers and experts. The editor's dedication to and goal of knowledge sharing in their field, as well as their foresight into potential problems, can be represented by this, much like a knowledgeable researcher who needs to more effectively allocate knowledge as a public good."

To pre-order Information Systems Research: Foundations, Design and Theory textbook, visit: https://link.springer.com/book/9783031254697.

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