The conference will start with the Doctoral Consortium which will run from Saturday to Sunday (June 23rd – 24th, 2018). The ECIS Doctoral Consortium aims to facilitate a collegial and affirmative environment where doctoral students currently working on dissertations in the area of Information Systems can share their work and receive constructive feedback.
The Doctoral Consortium Committee invites nominations to the consortium. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a University within AIS Area 2 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East). Each faculty / school / PhD programme can nominate only one candidate and must guarantee proper funding for the student to attend the doctoral consortium as well as the main conference. While room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2018 and the conference sponsors, admitted PhD students have to register to ECIS 2018 at the reduced student rate.
The deadlines for the DC:
Doctoral Consortium Nomination: January 25th, 2018
Notification of DC acceptance: March 24th, 2018
Early registration deadline for ECIS 2018: March 31st, 2018
Consortium: June 23rd – 24th, 2018 (Saturday-Sunday, arrival Friday evening)
Nomination Requirements and Submission Procedure
The consortium is designed for students who are engaged in developing their dissertation research. Students who will have completed their dissertations by September 2018 or are close to completion will not be accepted. Some requirements should be fulfilled:
A student must be nominated by a representative of his or her respective institution (faculty or PhD programme). Every faculty/school/PhD programme can only nominate one PhD student for the Doctoral Consortium. Self-nominations by students or nominations by individual supervisors will not be considered.
The nomination package should include the following:
- The Nomination Letter should be written by any one of the following: the student’s supervisor, director of the IS doctoral program, the Dean of the College or Faculty, or the IS department’s chairperson. It needs to confirm that the nominee is the only one nominee for the Doctoral Consortium from the respective faculty/school/PhD programme.
- A Nominee Information Sheet including the dissertation abstract
- A Dissertation Proposal Paper prepared by the doctoral student summarizing the dissertation research (see details below)
The submitted materials, as ONE FILE, must be e-mailed to DCchairs@ecis2018.eu as an attachment. All submissions must be in Adobe’s PDF format and must follow the submission format and instructions. The nomination package must be received no later than midnight Central European Standard Time (CET) on January 25th, 2018. Nomination packages that are incomplete, in other file formats, received after the deadline, or composed of multiple files will be declined.
Submission Format and Instructions
English is the language of the doctoral consortium and of all submitted materials. The Dissertation Proposal Paper outlining the candidate’s research should be in the form of an abbreviated dissertation proposal and must include a cover page with the following information:
- Title of the proposal
- Information about the candidate, including:
- University affiliation
- Name of dissertation supervisor
- Web site address and contact information: email address, mailing address, and phone numbers.
The Dissertation Proposal Paper should provide the research question or topic, a justification for the importance of the research, a presentation of the theoretical basis and context for the research, a description of research approach and method, preliminary findings and expected contributions to knowledge. The Dissertation Proposal Paper should also include a progress report as an appendix, indicating the estimated completion date and the work that remains to be done as of the date of submission of proposal. The paper may not exceed 3,000 words (including references). When preparing a submission, we recommend PhD students to reflect upon the following questions:
- What makes the research I do especially appealing for me?
- For the discipline?
- For practice?
- How can I justify that my research results will match the goals of the dissertation?
- How can I show that the results of my work will contribute to advancing the field?
Selection Process and Related Information
Selection to the ECIS doctoral consortium is based on merit. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the consortium faculty. Participants will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, its potential significance and contribution to the IS discipline, the potential contribution the student is likely to make to the consortium, and the potential benefit of the consortium to the student’s research. Participation is limited to 20 students and at most one student will be accepted from one faculty / PhD programme. The doctoral consortium committee will seek to include the best proposals as well as to balance the background and interests of the candidates.
Nominating a student to the doctoral consortium implies that the student has sufficient proficiency in English and will be able to participate effectively in the presentations, discussions, and other activities. Nominating a student to the doctoral consortium also implies that the student has or will be provided with the funding to travel to the consortium location and that he or she will be able to stay for the entire duration of the event (including participation at ECIS 2018 at student registration rate).
Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent via e-mail to all applicants by March 24th, 2018. Further instructions will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.
Participation in the consortium is by invitation only and is based on competitive selection. There is no registration fee and room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2018 and the conference sponsors.
However, all participants are required to register for the main conference and advised to take advantage of the early-bird students’ rate.
Traveling to the DC location
The participants are expected to arrive in Portsmouth, UK in the evening of Friday, June 22, 2018.
Location: Address TBA
Further traveling instructions to the doctoral consortium location will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.
Please check visa requirements under the Accommodation & Travel on the ECIS 2018 website and do not hesitate to ask us for advice or help.
Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
Hanna Krasnova, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Robert Winter, Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland
Doctoral Consortium Faculty
Izak Benbasat, University of British Columbia, Canada
Anna Croon Fors, Umea University, Sweden
Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Jos Van Hillegersberg, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Netta Iivari, University of Oulu, Finland
Claudia Loebbecke, University of Cologne, Germany
Jessie Pallud, Strasbourg Business School, Strasbourg, France
Natalie Pang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Matti Rossi, Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Henk Sol, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Moufida Sadok, Technical University of Tunis, Tunisia