First Call for Nominations

Doctoral Consortium Twenty-Fifth Annual International Conference on Information Systems

December 9-12, 2004

The International Conference on Information Systems invites nominations for the Doctoral Consortium to be held at Charlottesville, Virginia.

To nominate a student for the doctoral consortium, click here.† Nomination deadline: June 4, 2004 (midnight)

The Consortium will take place at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia which is two hours drive south of Washington DC. The Consortium will begin in the late afternoon of Thursday December 9th, and end at noon on Sunday December 12th. The Consortium provides doctoral students working on their dissertation research with an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas, to explore issues related to academic and research careers in the Information Systems field, and to build relationships with other IS PhD students from around the world.

The ICIS 2004 conference in Washington DC immediately follows the Consortium.


Participation is by invitation only. Each university can nominate only one candidate. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities, from the opening on Thursday evening to the close at noon on Sunday. Candidates who are not able to make this commitment to the Consortium (for example, a desire to present or attend at one of the ICIS pre-conference workshops), no matter how impressive the candidates may be, should not apply.

Ph.D. students currently working on Information Systems dissertations are eligible for nomination. Candidates should have successfully defended their dissertation/thesis proposal before December 2004, although they need not have defended their proposal before the nomination deadline. Students who will have completed their dissertations by December will not be accepted because such students would benefit less from the Consortium compared with those who will still be actively working on their dissertations in December. Nominated candidates should intend to pursue an academic career in Information Systems following the completion of their Ph.D.

Prospective candidates should also note that the Consortium is designed as an intensive personal development experience and therefore participants may not bring guests to the Consortium.

Nomination Requirements

o†††††† Students cannot apply directly but can only be nominated by an IS faculty member/academic.

o†††††† There can only be one nominee per school, university, or institution.

o†††††† The nomination should be in the form of a nomination letter from the nominating faculty member and should certify

1.††††† that the candidate is the sole nominee from the university/institution;

2.††††† that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above; and

3.††††† whether the nominating institution will provide travel funds to the nominee in the event that she or he is admitted to the consortium.

o†††††† Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the director of the IS doctoral program or the IS departmentís chairperson. If these individuals are not available, the student may be nominated by the candidateís thesis/dissertation advisor.

o†††††† In the case that more than one nomination is received from a university, and if we do not have enough information to resolve the issue, both nominations are likely to be rejected.

Nomination Process

To nominate a student for the doctoral consortium, click here.†† Nominations arriving after midnight on June 4 2004 will not be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged.

Selection Process

o†††††† Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive: 80 nominations each year are typical. Participants will be selected based on the apparent quality of the proposed research, 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 upon a review of the Proposal Paper prepared by the doctoral student.

o†††††† Previous attendance by other students from the nominating school will NOT be considered in selecting Consortium participants.

o†††††† The Consortium will include a balance of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures.

o†††††† Participation is limited to 40 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 presentations, discussions, and other activities.

o†††††† Students must also have access to the Internet prior to their arrival at the Consortium.

o†††††† As stated earlier, students must commit to being involved in the Consortium for its entire duration from 5pm on Thursday Dec 9 to noon on Sunday Dec 12. Because of the logistical arrangements involved in transporting participants to Charlottesville, it will most likely be necessary to arrive in Washington DC by noon on 9 December at the latest.

Submission Format and Instructions to Authors

The paper outlining the candidate's research should be in the form of a short paper summarizing the studentís dissertation/thesis proposal. This paper should provide the research question, a justification for why and to whom the research is important, 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 part of the paper may not exceed 12 double-spaced pages. Formatting for this part of the paper must be as follows:

o†††††† Times New Roman or equivalent font

o†††††† 11- or 12-point font

o†††††† Double-spaced (not 1.5)

o†††††† 8.5 x 11 inch paper (or A4)

o†††††† 1 inch margins all around

o†††††† Pages must be numbered

This 12 page limit does NOT include tables or 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.

Two appendices of no more than two pages each may be attached, at the discretion of the student and the person nominating him or her.(These appendices must follow the formatting guidelines outlined above.)The first appendix would be a summary of any findings the student may have as of June 6. The second appendix would be an estimation of what still needs to be done to complete the dissertation as of June 4.

Instructions on how to prepare presentations for the Consortium will be provided to those students who are selected to participate.

Submission Process

The language of the conference and for all submissions is English. Submissions must be prepared in Word (version 97 or higher).Nomination packages consisting of the three items described above should be attached to a single email sent by the nominating academic/faculty to Tridas Mukhopadhyay ( and copied to Chris Sauer ( to arrive no later than midnight (Greenwich Mean Time), June 4 2004.

Incomplete nomination packages will not be reviewed.

In case of problems or for further clarifications about the submission process, please contact

Consortium Co-Chairs:

Tridas Mukhopadhyay (

Deloitte Consulting Professor of e-Business

Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Sauer (

Fellow in Information Management

Templeton College

Oxford University

If you have questions about matters other than the submission process, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

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