Goals and Motivation for the Doctoral Consortium
Conference on Information Systems incorporates a Doctoral Consortium for PhD students studying information systems or related topics. Information systems is defined here as "Information and knowledge are critical resources that have come to be recognized as complements to labor and capital resources in the modern business organization. Information systems are artifacts (the combinations of technology, data and people) that produce the information resource for the use of individuals, organizations and society."
Students are invited to participate from all parts of the Association of Information Systems (www.aisnet.org) Region
2 (Europe, Africa, Middle-East). Because of the location of the conference special attention is paid to obtain students from Central and Eastern Europe. The consortium will accommodate maximum 30 students, which will be mentored by 8 faculty members. Participation is by invitation only (see below).
are expected to cover travel costs to the consortium site and expenses during the ECIS. All costs during the consortium are covered by AIS and ECIS and other sponsors.
Organization and Content of the Doctoral Consortium
consortium is organized in a resort hotel Ribno that is located just outside the city of Bled. The hotel is located beside a large national park in a magnificent mountain setting. The hotel offers excellent facilities for several sports (volleyball, tennis, basketball), hiking, rafting or flyfishing. Therefore the consortium will include several outdoor activities. Students will be located in double rooms during the consortium.
The consortium features thorough reviews of the PhD proposals by the participating faculty, general
lectures about the future of information systems, IS research as an academic career, review policies and ethics of research,
professional aspects of IS career, and status of IS research in different countries. The working language of the consortium is English.
The main focus in the consortium is placed in improving research skills
and research proposals for each PhD student. It is also expected that students will review and read other student's proposals during the consortium. Therefore each student is expected to read c.a. 5 other proposals and to prepare comments and questions about these proposals.
Members of the Faculty
The consortium includes world-class faculty from both Europe and North America:
Prof. Kalle Lyytinen, Ph.D. Consortium Chair, Case Western Reserve University, USA and Finland
Dr. Lucas Introna, Lancaster University, UK
Prof. Allen Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Prof. Ephram McLean, Georgia State University, USA
Prof. Klaus Pohl, University of Essen, Germany
Dr. Angeliki Poulymenakou, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Assoc.prof. Jan Pries-Heje, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Dr. Chris Sauer, Oxford University, UK
Prof. Detmar Straub, Georgia State University, USA
school within AIS region 2 is entitled to send one doctoral student to the consortium. Each submission must be backed by the sending school or professor. The submission package must include an official nomination from the department / mentoring professor. Students are expected to have finished their course work (when applies) and to have prepared a PhD thesis research proposal. Therefore each submission must include also an official application letter and a written proposal by the applicant, which describes the PhD thesis topic, and the thesis proposal and the status of the PhD studies.
The proposal must be written in English and cannot exceed 30 pages (double spaced), or 6000 words. The
proposal must include the following parts:
abstract which includes the thesis research summary (max 1 page), introduction, literature review, research motivation and goals, research method and approach, expected results and limitations, references and possible appendices (like instruments, descriptions of mock-ups etc). The proposal can be submitted in electronic form (PDF or RTF formats preferred, but also Word 95, 97 formats are accepted). The proposal should be submitted along with the other application forms to the doctoral consortium chair Professor Kalle Lyytinen by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection will be based on a competitive basis. Each proposal will be read by
two faculty members and selections will be made based on the reviews and other relevant factors (research topic, country, university). No research approach, topic, or theory is preferred in the selection as long as it pertains to the characterization of information systems. All submissions (including rejected) will receive a review report of the thesis proposal. Students are expected to revise their proposal prior to the doctoral consortium based on the reviews.
Call for Nominations
The European Conference on Information Systems invites nominations for the Doctoral Consortium to be held at hotel
Ribno, on 24-26 June,
2001, Bled, Slovenia. Participation is by invitation only, based on one nomination from each university or Ph.D. program. The Consortium provides doctoral students working on their dissertation research with an opportunity to share research ideas and to consider issues related to academic careers in the Information Systems field. The ECIS 2001 meeting in Bled, Slovenia immediately follows the Consortium.
in Ph.D. programs in Information Systems who are conducting their dissertation projects are eligible for nomination. The ideal nominee should have completed course work and developed a dissertation proposal and should have at least six months work remaining (at the Consortium time) before completion.
Please note that:
- Students cannot apply directly but can only be nominated by their faculty.
- Nominating schools must have doctoral students in Information Systems.
- There can only be one nominee per school.
nominate a student, the Director of the Ph.D. program in Information Systems (or other appropriate person, such as the Department Chairperson or the student's advisor) must provide the following application materials:
- A completed Nomination Form together with
- A Proposal Paper prepared by the doctoral student summarizing the dissertation research.
These materials should be submitted together and received no later
than midnight, January 8, 2001 (Greenwich meantime). Applications arriving after this date will not be considered. Selection is competitive based on the quality of the dissertation research, the contribution the student may make to the Consortium, and the potential benefit of the Consortium to the student's project. The Consortium will include a balance of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures. Admission is limited to 30 students.
The language for the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the scientific discussions.
If you have substantive questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, USA and Finland
January 8, 2001
Notification of acceptance
March 5, 2001
Submission of the final proposal
May 7, 2001
Sending of the information package
May 28, 2001
June 24 - 26, 2001
Doctoral Consortium Chair
Professor Kalle Lyytinen
Case Western Reserve University
USA and Finland
Organizing Chair of DC
Center of Electronic Commerce
Faculty of Organizational Sciences
University of Maribor