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ECIS 2015 Doctoral Consortium

The ECIS 2015 Doctoral Consortium will take place prior to the conference from Saturday (noon), May 23rd, 2015 to midday Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 in a retreat close to the city of Enschede, in Twente, a region in the east of the Netherlands. 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.

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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 University can nominate only one candidate and must guarantee proper funding for the student to attend the doctoral consortium as well as the main conference. Room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2015 and the conference sponsors.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: February 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 21st, 2015
Consortium: May 23-26th, 2015 (Saturday till Tuesday)

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 2015 or are close to completion will not be accepted.

  • A student must be nominated by a representative of his or her respective institution. Self-nominations by students will not be considered
  • Only one student may be nominated by an institution (i.e., university, school)
  • 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
  • The nomination letter should build on the provided template and the nominating faculty should attest that the student is the only nominee of the institution

The nomination package should include the following:

The submitted materials must be uploaded in ONE FILE using the ECIS 2015 conference paper submission system, using the “ECIS 2015 Doctoral Consortium” track. 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 February 1st, 2015. 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 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 name, university affiliation, name of dissertation supervisor, web site address, and contact information: email address, mailing address, and phone numbers

The 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 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. 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?

How to Submit

Submissions to the Doctoral Consortium are through the ECIS2015 submission system, using the “Doctoral Consortium” track. The system is available at

CLICK HERE to View/download the submission guidelines and procedure

For all questions regarding Doctoral Consortium submission please contact

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 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. Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent via e-mail to all applicants by 21st March 2015. Further instructions will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.


Participation in the consortium is by invitation only based on competitive selection. There is no registration fee and room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2015 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.

DC Location

The ECIS 2015 Doctoral Consortium will be held at Erve Hulsbeek meeting center that is located in the green countryside of Twente, a region also called the garden of the Netherlands. Nearest cities are Enschede and Oldenzaal, a historic town that has links with Münster since the establishment of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century. The property, with its mansion, farmhouse, ponds and grounds, is delightfully situated close to the border of Germany and the Netherlands. Click for more details on

DC Venue

DC Venue

DC Venue

Travel and Visa

The participants are expected to arrive in Erve Hulsbeek in the morning of Saturday, May 23rd, 2015. Erve Hulsbeek is located close to the cities of Hengelo and Enschede (Netherlands). Shuttle service will be provided from Hengelo station to Erve Hulsbeek. Hengelo has a direct connection to Schiphol Airport and is also on the Berlin-Amsterdam ICE train line ( or

Further traveling instructions to the doctoral consortium location will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.

Please check visa requirements under the general travel information on the ECIS2015 website and do not hesitate to ask us for advise or help.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs



  • Marijn Janssen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • Jan Pries-Heje (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  • Andreja Puchihar (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
  • Jan Recker (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Suprateek Sarker (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Jonathan Wareham (ESADE - Ramon Llull University, Spain)

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