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Stefan-Seidel-Headshot.jpgStefan Seidel, Ph.D.
Professor of Information Systems
University of Cologne

Computationally Intensive Theory Construction

Computationally intensive theory construction is aimed at producing theoretical insights from patterns identified using computational methods. To achieve this goal, scholars combine computational techniques, such as network analysis, sequence analysis, or agent-based simulations, with manual approaches known from grounded theory and case study research methods. This talk will highlight how computationally intensive theory construction allows for the development of novel theories by integrating data sets, methods, and theories in unconventional ways. It will discuss how the researcher's understanding of lexicons—the language used in a community for representing knowledge—provides the foundation for identifying research problems, sampling data, selecting methods, and ultimately constructing theory. Furthermore, it will emphasize the importance of stopping rules in computationally intensive theory construction. A study aiming to develop theory about the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT)-based systems will serve as an illustration of these concepts.


Stefan Seidel is a professor of information systems at the University of Cologne. He studies how emerging technologies are implicated in organizational and institutional change. Seidel’s work has been published in leading journals, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems and several others. He is a senior editor for MIS Quarterly and holds an Honorary Professorship in Business Information Systems at the University of Galway.

Computationally Intensive Theory Construction with Stefan Seidel, Ph.D.

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February 21, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM



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