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Journal Article

The Delphi Method in Information Systems Research (2004‑2017)  pp86-99

Ayman Alarabiat, Isabel Ramos

© Jun 2019 Volume 17 Issue 2, Editor: Paul Griffiths, pp55 - 101

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Abstract: After almost 30 years of being used in the information system (IS) discipline, only a few studies have focused on how IS scholars apply the method's guidelines to design Delphi studies. Thus, this paper focuses on the use of the Delphi method in IS research. To do so, articles published between 2004 and 2017 in the Senior IS Scholars' collection of journals of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), describing Delphi studies, were analised. Based on analysis of sixteen (16) retrieved IS studies, we concluded that IS researchers have applied the method’s most important phases and the procedural recommendations to promote rigor were considered in the majority of the analised studies. Nonetheless, IS researchers still need to include detailed information about (1) the steps taken to ensure the validity of the achieved results, (2) better describe the process of selecting and recruiting the experts, and (3) experiment with innovative techniques to keep participants involved in the Delphi process.


Keywords: Delphi Method; research method; information system; literature review; qualitative research


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Journal Issue

Volume 17 Issue 2 / Jun 2019  pp55‑101

Editor: Paul Griffiths

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Keywords: Researcher, PhD, Academic, Career, Success, Challenges, Research uptake, Research quality, Viva voce examinations, the Defence, examination goodwill, viva voce reform, examination bias, rewriting dissertations, Research topic, significant research, publication, generation, initiation, Delphi Method; research method; information system; literature review; qualitative research


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