REGISTRATION, Convention Centre              08.00-17.30
BREAKS                                                               10.30-11.00, 15.30-16.00
LUNCH, Hotel Golf                                            12.30-14.00

Information for Presenters

For all presenters presentation equipment will be available.

Presentation equipment:

1. LCD projector for presentations + PC computer
2. Standard Overhead projector for slides

For any additional questions & information please contact
Gregor Lenart (technical committee)

Conference Theme

The overarching theme of Global Co-operation in the New Millennium was chosen to reflect our view of the discipline and practice of Information Systems in 2001. As companies become more international in their strategies and activities and the systems  themselves span the globe, led by the ubiquitous Web, the discipline of Information Systems is becoming equally international in outlook.  The growth in the size and stature of ECIS over the years accords with the evolution of a European dimension to the study of Information Systems. The increasing number of attendees from North America and the Asia Pacific region, together with the increasing amount of  international research collaboration and faculty exchanges, is further  testimony to a growing global co-operation within the discipline.

Having successfully overcome (or, at least, weathered) the Y2K problem, the discipline needs to take a longer term view of its role in a  changing world. We need to grasp the opportunities offered by the growing interest of organizations, governments and other disciplines  in an increasingly sophisticated and relevant technology. While the risks from failed systems may be enhanced due to higher expectations, not to mention the commercial vulnerability of companies, we have the opportunity to learn more about the nature of information  systems and pass this insight back to industry and government. That is, fundamentally, the focus of this conference.

In designing this, the 9 th European Conference on Information Systems, we have tried to structure the tracks in such a way that we can  build on the progress made in earlier conferences, as well as including  tracks that somehow look ahead to incorporate newer themes. Globalization is an obvious theme but the track is not uni-directional; we expect contributions dealing with localization and regional initiatives.  We have included separate tracks that focus on social issues (entitled Information Systems in the Information Society)  and economic issues (Economics of the Digital Economy). The latter will include e-commerce as well as the  longstanding problems of measurement and evaluation of information  systems. Also at a mostly national/regional level, there is a track  on E-Government to reflect the growing  interest and activity by governments across the world.

In order to emphasize the underlying theme of co-operation, we have a track concerning New Models of IS Research  Based on Interdisciplinary Co-operation and another on Innovative Models of Co-operation in Systems Development. These are two  longstanding problems that seem to be benefiting from different aspects of co-operation. Another chronic problem addressed by the conference will be IS Strategy and Organizational Change. Also at an organizational level, there is a growing  concern regarding new forms of organization, including outsourcing (Knowledge Intensive Organizations: Structures  and Forms of Co-operation).

An increasingly important area is that of IS employment and education (IS Skills and Learning: Demand and Supply ). The Implications of Technology Convergence for IS Theory and Practice track will include various aspects  of media convergence while the importance of particular industries, emphasized in ECIS 2000, is continued in the IT Innovation and Impact on Industry Structures track.

Apart from the tracks themselves, there are several major workshops, all of which are innovative and reflect the notions of co-operation and globalization. The first concerns co-operation between universities  and the IS industry, the second examines the role of (national and international) professional IS associations, the third explores IS/IT projects funded by the European Commission, the fourth is a Regional Information Systems Academics Workshop (Central and Eastern Europe). There are also meetings: Building the E-business Infrastructure and ASP - Application Systems Providers: The New Infrastructure.

We firmly believe that ECIS 2001 will be an exciting and relevant conference where we can exchange ideas in a friendly informal atmosphere, against a backdrop of Alpine mountains and a picturesque lake, and facilitated by the local hospitality, food and wine. We look forward to seeing you in Bled.