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Home > Doctoral Consortium Submissions
  • Overview

    This page contains:

    - Call for Nomination

    - Committee Information

    - Submission Instructions

    For submission, please read and follow all the instructions below to ensure your submission meets all requirements:

    A) Eligibility
    B) Selection Process
    C) Documents Needed for Nomination Submission
    D ) Submission Process
    E ) Step-by-Step Instructions for Submitting to Manuscript Central

  • Call for Nominations

    ICIS invites nominations for its 2011 Doctoral Consortium at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

    The Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Information Systems will be held from the evening of Wednesday, November 30 through the morning of Saturday, December 3 at Fudan University's School of Management.

    Since the 1980s, the Consortium has provided students who are doing their doctoral dissertations with the chance to present and obtain comments on their research, to hear about the work of their peers at other universities, and to gain an understanding of what academic and research careers are all about. It also offers students opportunities to make new friendships with other students and leading faculty around the globe. To view the Call for Nominations in PDF, click here.

    Submission deadline: Midnight U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, May 31, 2011
    Please note that incomplete or late submission packages will not be reviewed.
    No exceptions will be made

    Students nominated by their respective institutions must complete three separate documents and submit those three documents through the online submission system. Details on the document requirements and online submission process are below.

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  • Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

    Robert J. Kauffman
    Dartmouth College and
    Singapore Management University

    Jae Kyu Lee
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Local Arrangement Chair

    Youwei Wang
    Fudan University

  • Faculty Mentors

    Sulin Ba
    University of Connecticut

    Ravi Bapna
    University of Minnesota

    Guoqing Chen
    Tsinghua University

    Hsinchun Chen
    University of Arizona

    Samer A. Faraj
    McGill University

    Shirley Gregor
    Australian National University

    Eric van Heck
    Erasmus University

    Anne P. Massey
    Indiana University

    Joe Valacich
    Washington State University

    Bruce W. Weber
    London Business School

    J. Leon Zhao
    City University of Hong Kong

  • Keynote Speaker

    Detmar Straub
    Georgia State University

  • Keynote Panelist

    Ritu Agarwal
    University of Maryland

    Chris F. Kemerer
    University of Pittsburgh

  • A. Eligibility

    Participation in the Consortium is by invitation only. Each university may submit only one nominee. If two units of a university hold separate memberships in AIS, they each may submit one nominee from their respective unit. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities, from the opening on Wednesday evening to the closing on Saturday morning. Candidates who are not able to make this commitment to the Consortium should not apply.

    Ph.D. students currently working on Information Systems dissertations are eligible for nomination submission. Candidates should successfully defend their dissertation or thesis proposals prior to December 1, 2011, although they need not have defended their proposals before the submission deadline.

    Students who will have defended their dissertations prior to December 1, 2011 will not be accepted. Nominated candidates should intend to pursue an academic career in Information Systems following the completion of their Ph.D. studies.

    Prospective candidates should also note that the Consortium is designed as an intensive personal development experience and, therefore, participants should not bring guests to the Consortium. In addition, they should plan to stay at the hotel that offers Consortium participants housing.

    Students who are selected to participate in the Consortium will be given instructions on how to prepare their research papers for presentation during the Consortium, following their selection.

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  • B. Selection Process

    Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive. Over 80 nominations typically are received each year. Participants will be selected based on three things:

    • the quality of their proposed research and its potential significance and contribution to the IS discipline,
    • the potential contribution the student is expected to make to the Consortium, and
    • the potential benefit of the Consortium to the student's research and professional development.

    This assessment will be based on a review of the dissertation proposal paper prepared by the doctoral student. Previous attendance by other students from the nominating school is not a criterion for selecting Consortium participants.

    Final Consortium selection will include a balance of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures. Participation is limited to 40 students.

    The language of the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the presentations, discussions, and other activities. Students must also have access to the Internet prior to their arrival at the Consortium.

    Notification of Acceptance: Acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent on or around August 31, 2011.

    Cost: All accepted students to the Consortium will be required to pay a registration fee to help defray part of the cost of their attendance at the Consortium. Students attending the Consortium will receive free registration to the ICIS 2011 conference in Shanghai, which immediately follows the Consortium.

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  • C. Documents Needed for Nomination Submission

    (1) Nominee Information Sheet. Students complete the information on this sheet and submit it along with the other two documents mentioned below. Please click here to download the nominee information sheet

    (2) Nomination Letter.  Students must be nominated by an IS faculty member or academic.

    • There can only be one nominee per university or institution, unless different units of the institution each hold their own AIS membership. In that case, each unit of the university may make a separate nomination of one students. Multiple nominations received from the same unit of a university or institution will be rejected.
    • The nomination should be in the form of a nomination letter from the nominating faculty member and should certify that:
      • the candidate is the sole nominee from the university or institution, or from that unit, if the university has more than one unit with an AIS membership;
      • the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above; and
      • the nominating institution guarantees to provide the consortium participation fee and travel funds to the nominee in the event that she or he is admitted to the consortium.
    • Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the Director of the IS Doctoral Program or the IS Department’s Chairperson. If these individuals are not available, then the nominee’s Dissertation Advisor may nominate the student. However, if this is the case, then dissertation advisor must be a faculty member at the nominee’s university or institution.
    • Students must submit the completed nomination letter during the online submission process, not the nominating faculty member.

    (3) Candidate’s Research Paper. The paper outlining the candidate's research should be in the form of a short report summarizing the student’s dissertation/thesis proposal. This part of the paper should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Times New Roman or equivalent font, 11-point or 12-point font, double-spaced only (not 1.5), 1 inch margins all around 8.5 x 11 inch paper (or A4), and the pages must be numbered. This paper should include the research question, a justification for why and to whom the research is important. It also should include a brief literature review, a presentation of the theoretical basis for the work, a research model and hypotheses (if applicable), and a description of the research design.

    This 12-page limit does not include tables, figures, or references. Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but must be included separately, to immediately follow the text. References should appear last. The complete document, including the main text, tables, figures, and references, should not exceed 20 pages.  This page limit will be strictly enforced and the consortium co-chairs reserve the right to reject any candidates whose research paper exceeds these page limits.

    Two appendices of no more than one page each may be added, at the discretion of the student and the person nominating her or him. (These appendices must also follow the formatting guidelines outlined above.) The first appendix would be a summary of any findings the student may have as of May 31, 2011. The second appendix would be an estimate of what still needs to be done to complete the dissertation as of May 31, 2011. We are requesting this information in order to gauge how far the nominee is in the dissertation process.

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  • D. Submission Process

    Document Submission

    All three documents – the Nomination Information Sheet, the Nomination Letter, and the Candidate’s Research Paper – must be submitted through the online submission system. This is Manuscript Central at by the nominated doctoral student, not the nominating faculty member. The system will automatically combine the three items into one document.
    The student should register with this system. Upon registration and email notification of the system-generated password, the student will be able to proceed with the submission by uploading the documents.
    After registering and logging into Manuscript Central, select "Doctoral Consortium" as the "Track" and follow the directions. The system is very friendly and most of our major journals use it. If you have any trouble following the prompts, please let us know.

    Due Date and Time

    All submissions must be received by the system no later than midnight, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, May 31, 2010. Any previously submitted documents can also be modified until this time. Incomplete or late submissions will be rejected. Multiple submissions received from the same university (or the same person) will be rejected. If the university’s different units hold separate AIS memberships, submissions from each of the units will be considered.
    In case of problems or for further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs noted below via email:

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  • E. Step-by-Step Instructions for Submitting to Manuscript Central

    Here are several step-by-step instructions on how to upload your Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter, and Proposal using the submission website:

      1. Create a login for yourself via the manuscript submission system

      2. Log in using your login and password.

      3. On the main menu, click on the Author Center to submit your application packet
      and follow Step 4 onwards.

      4. Click on the link to submit a new manuscript (on the right side of the page).

      5. Under Track select "Doctoral Consortium."

      6. Add Title and click "Save & Continue."

      7. Add Keywords then click "Save & Continue."

      8. You will not have any co-authors, so to move to the next page click '"Save & Continue."

      9. Now you need to upload all 3 files in the following order:

      • Nominee Information Sheet
      • Letter of Nomination
      • Proposal file
      • Acceptable file types are .DOC, .RTF, and .PDF. When you are done click
        "Save & Continue." Note that .DOCX files are not permitted.

      10. View your uploaded files by clicking on PDF. When you are finished, click
      "Save & Continue."

      11. If you are satisfied with the PDF, then click "Submit."


    To get to the online submission system, click

    Please note that once you submit your packet you cannot make any further changes.

    You are done. Good luck!

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