CEC Faculty Articles

Title

A systems approach to conduct an effective literature review in support of information systems research

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2006

Publication Title

Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

ISSN or ISBN

1547-9684

Volume

9

First Page

181

Last Page

212

Description

This paper introduces a framework for conducting and writing an effective literature review. The target audience for the framework includes information systems (IS) doctoral students, novice IS researchers, and other IS researchers who are constantly struggling with the development of an effective literature-based foundation for a proposed research. The proposed framework follows the systematic data processing approach comprised of three major stages: 1) inputs (literature gathering and screening), 2) processing (following Bloom’s Taxonomy), and 3) outputs (writing the literature review). This paper provides the rationale for developing a solid literature review including detailed instructions on how to conduct each stage of the process proposed. The paper concludes by providing arguments for the value of an effective literature review to IS research.

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