Goals  and Motivation for the Doctoral Consortium

European 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).
Students 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

Doctoral 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
Lucas Introna, Lancaster University, UK
Allen Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Ephram McLean, Georgia State University, USA
Klaus Pohl, University of Essen, Germany
Angeliki Poulymenakou, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Jan Pries-Heje, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Chris Sauer, Oxford University, UK
Detmar Straub, Georgia State University, USA

Submission Procedure

Each 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 kalle@po.cwru.edu.
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.
Students 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.

    Nomination Requirements

    To 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:

    1. A completed Nomination Form together  with
    2. 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


Doctoral Consortium

June 24 - 26, 2001

Contact  people

Doctoral Consortium Chair
Professor  Kalle Lyytinen
Case Western Reserve University
USA and Finland
Organizing Chair of DC
Tanja Logar
Center of Electronic Commerce
Faculty of Organizational Sciences
University of Maribor
Kidriceva 55a
4000 Kranj
Tel:+ 386-4-2374-291
Fax: +386-4-2374-365