Okoli & Schabram (2010) A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Rese...

A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research
Okoli, Chitu and Schabram, Kira

Abstract

Levy and Ellis (2006) and Webster and Watson (2002) lament the fact that information systems (IS) scholars tend to be unaware of the need for structure in literature reviews. Even today, the rigorous, standardized methodology for conducting a systematic literature review (SLR) that has developed from the health sciences and other fields is virtually unknown in IS research. In this paper, we adapt Fink's (2005, p. 3) definition of a research literature review as our operative definition of a systematic literature review: - a systematic, explicit, [comprehensive, (p. 17)] and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners.‖ Although there exists an abundance of guides to conducting such reviews in other research fields, none entirely meet the unique needs of IS researchers. In response to this shortage of guides, we present here the features and value of a systematic literature review, and adapt the methodology to the particular context of IS research.

Citation Chitu Okoli, Kira Schabram (2010). A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research. Working Papers on Information Systems, vol. 10 no. 26, pp. 1–51. DOI

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{okoli2010guide,
author = {Okoli, Chitu and Schabram, Kira},
doi = {10.2139/ssrn.1954824},
isbn = {ID 1954824},
issn = {1535-6078},
journal = {Working Papers on Information Systems},
number = {26},
pages = {1--51},
title = {{A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research}},
volume = {10},
year = {2010}
}

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Keywords:

INF6001W, Literature Review, information systems research, literature reviews, org, permanent url, research methodology, sprouts, systematic literature reviews, works license

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