Author: Babak

Six management ideas applied to research leadership

Researchers can be regarded as extreme knowledge workers. A fresh research manager will no doubt face some challenges: How do you lead people who know more than you, who are more intelligent than you, who can think more strategically than you? Management ideas that work for Walmart or for Microsoft will not work for research organizations. But what will work then?

My summer with a smart watch

I broke my wrist watch just before leaving for summer vacation this year. I decided to borrow a smart watch from our lab and test it during the summer. Who knows, maybe I would decide to ditch my Tissot for a smart watch? after two weeks I decided not to. But at the same time, I became even more interested in smart watches as a platform for assistive technologies.

Case study as research strategy: Pointers to resources

Case study is a central research strategy in information systems and related fields. Case studies improve our understanding of different phenomena such as the introduction of new technologies in organizations, service innovation, understanding how technology is used etc. In this page I try to collect some useful readings about using case study in technology-related empirical research.

So you are my student. Now what?

In this blog I describe how I prefer to cooperate with master and project students that I supervise. These are points that I have collected based on earlier supervision. The goal is to get an A grade for my students! This blog post is under continuous development. Please provide your feedback and suggestions in the comment field below or directly to me. Thanks!

The Discovery of Grounded Theory

I have now, after three months, finished reading this seminal work on qualitative methods by Corbin and Strauss. I have heard this is the book that defined rigor in qualitative research once and for all. I am not surprised at all.

My presentation at Software 2016

Yesterday I presented some of the work we (Yngve Dahl and I) did in the project FARSEEING at Software 2016 in Oslo. The slides are available at my Slideshare. The talk was about our findings from the evaluation of a fall detection service in two nursing homes in Trondheim, Norway.

Using documents in social research

Most qualitative research is concerned with oral data. But documents can be equally important in improving our understanding of phenomena. And when it comes to documents, it is not only their content that counts.