A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research

2 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011 Last revised: 9 Dec 2015

Date Written: May 5, 2010


This working paper has been thoroughly revised and superseded by two distinct articles. The first is a revised and peer-reviewed version of the original article: Okoli, Chitu (2015), A Guide to Conducting a Standalone Systematic Literature Review. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (37:43), November 2015, pp. 879-910. This article presents a methodology for conducting a systematic literature review with many examples from IS research and references to guides with further helpful details. The article is available from Google Scholar or from the author's website. The second extension article focuses on developing theory with literature reviews: Okoli, Chitu (2015), The View from Giants’ Shoulders: Developing Theory with Theory-Mining Systematic Literature Reviews. SSRN Working Paper Series, December 8, 2015. This article identifies theory-mining reviews, which are literature reviews that extract and synthesize theoretical concepts from the source primary studies. The article demonstrates by citation analysis that, in information systems research, this kind of literature review is more highly cited than other kinds of literature review. The article provides detailed guidelines to writing a high-quality theory-mining review.

Keywords: Systematic literature reviews, literature reviews, information systems research, research methodology, doctoral studies

Suggested Citation

Okoli, Chitu and Schabram, Kira, A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research (May 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1954824 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1954824

Chitu Okoli (Contact Author)

SKEMA Business School ( email )

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Paris, 92150

HOME PAGE: http://chitu.okoli.org/pro

Kira Schabram

Independent ( email )

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