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List of panels

  • Panel 1: AIS Grand Vision Project for Bright ICT: Global Reach of ECIS
  • Panel 2: Trust, but Verify! Value of Replication and Negation in IS Research
  • Panel 3: Mitigating the Tragedy of the Commons in Scientific Publishing: Creating a Market for Information Systems Articles
  • Panel 4: Meet the Journal Editors
  • Panel 5: The Digital Workplace: Automation or Innovation?
  • Panel 6: Addressing the Challenges of the Networked Society Through the Next Generation of IS Masters-level Curricula

Panel 1

AIS Grand Vision Project for Bright ICT: Global Reach of ECIS

May 27, 11.00 – 12.30, F 104

The Grand Vision Project for ICT-Enabled Bright Society is an initiative approved by the AIS Council on December 13 2014. The purpose of the initiative is to coordinate, at a global scale, the IS academic community in channeling a research endeavor that counts. Reasons can be synthetized as follows:
1. It’s time to return to society at-large the highest value of the IS researchers’ output. Society must recognize and appreciate IS research.
2. It’s time to give proofs that the IS researchers do have an impact on mankind’s progress and do contribute to the achievement of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, as established by the United Nations. Society must know that IS research is in sync with the highest goals mankind wants to achieve in the decades ahead.
3. It’s time to contribute to the global debate on the advancement in science that has a relevance to society.

This is why it’s time to coordinate a world-wide research effort that will emphasize what does it take to bridge the technology gaps that still make the world today conflictual, unjust, unsafe. The Grand Vision Project for ICT-Enabled Bright Society aims at contributing to society’s development goals, particularly focusing on removing dark side effects caused by ICT proliferation. The globally coordinated initiative will promote a series of research tracks on the development of relevant technologies, business models, public policies, social norms, international agreements, metrics of measuring national progress, and more, in order to help redefine a more just, safe and conflict-less world. This will be a one-time important opportunity for the IS academic community to embrace wider goals into its research endeavors, with the benefit of amplifying results, thanks to the globally coordinated effort. The objective of the panel is to share with the ECIS community the state of the art of the initiative in order to gather extra input and enthusiasm to contribute to it.


  • Ferdinando Pennarola, Bocconi University (AIS Grand – Vision Project, Italy representative)
  • Jae Kyu Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (AIS President Elect, Task Force Chair)
  • Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München (AIS President and Germany project representative)
  • Henk G.Sol, University of Groningen (Netherland project representative)
  • Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark project representative)

Panel 2

Trust, but Verify! Value of Replication and Negation in IS Research

May 27, 14.30 – 16.00, F 104
Modern science has transformed the world we see today past recognition; overwhelmingly for the better. Yet, the research community is faced with the allegation that science lost its ability for self-correcting as, for instance, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman recently warned in an open letter “I see a train wreck looming”. This panel intends to start that process right on our very doorstep and argues for more testing, replication and publication of failed experiments in our discipline. Picking up on recent developments in other academic disciplines, the panel drafts the implications for IS research. Based on the value of replication for scientific discourse and sponsors, the panel wants to discuss the status quo of incentives for academic research. As a key
take away, the panel wants to show feasible ways for identifying replication studies in our field. Given the knowledge about data collection and provisioning, IS can possibly even act as an active facilitator in the overall discussion.


  • Ulrich Frank (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Shirley Gregor (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Fred Niederman (Saint Louis University, USA)
  • Sebastian Olbrich (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Frantz Rowe (University of Nantes, France)

Panel 3

Mitigating the Tragedy of the Commons in Scientific Publishing: Creating a Market for Information Systems Articles

May 28, 09.00 – 10.30, F 104
Academic discourse relies on journal articles as the main vehicle of knowledge exchange and dissemination. Quality control of the articles is managed via a peer review process that is considered essential for the development of a cumulative body of knowledge that is valid and consistent. In recent years, it seems that the review capacity in the IS field has decreased and it gets harder to retain a sufficient number of qualified reviewers who can handle the ever-growing flow of submissions. As stewards of digital technology in business and sociality, we should consider its untapped potential contribution to our publishing practices. In this panel, we will explore and debate the potential institutional, organizational, and technological approaches to mitigating the review process bottleneck and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of publishing in the IS field. In particular, we will revisit a ten years old proposal to adopt a market mechanism as a way to facilitate journal articles selection and appropriation.


  • Michel Avital (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark )
  • Jan Damsgaard (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  • Shirley Gregor (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Dov Te’eni (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Leslie P. Willcocks (London School of Economics, UK)

Panel 4

Meet the Journal Editors

May 28, 11.00 – 12.30, F 104
The purpose of the “Meet the Journal Editors” panel session is to provide attendees with an opportunity to meet, interact with, and hear the views of journal editors from leading international IS journals. This panel is targeted toward active researchers interested in learning about possible publication opportunities. Each panelist will briefly overview their journal and share key points about the journal to assist researchers targeting the journals for publication consideration. Attendees will benefit by asking questions about manuscript preparation, qualities that are found in a publishable manuscript, the review process, responding to peer reviewers’ comments, preparing the final article or any other publication concerns.


  • Jason Thatcher (AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Robert Winter (Business & Information Systems Engineering)
  • Matti Rossi (Communications of the AIS)
  • Rainer Alt (Electronic Markets)
  • Frantz Rowe, Pär Ågerfalk, Dov Te’eni (European Journal of IS)
  • Michael J. Shaw (Information Systems and e-Business Management)
  • Pat Finnegan (Information Systems Journal)
  • Janice C. Sipior (Information Systems Management)
  • Leslie Willcocks (Journal of Information Technology)
  • Pat Finnegan (Journal of Strategic Information Systems)
  • Bendik Bygstad or Netta Iivarit (Scandinavian Journal of IS)
  • Tim Weitzel (Journal of AIS)

Panel 5

The Digital Workplace: Automation or Innovation?

May 28, 13.30 – 15.00, F 104
BYOD, social networks, data security risks, empowerment, open workspaces, flexible work schedules, collaboration tools, global teams, remote workers, mobile … Traditional work arrangements are under siege as organisations become more focussed on speed of decision making in the context of more cost-focussed environments. The call to re-imagine the way we work is becoming louder as we learn the demands of the digital economy and the changing expectations of our employees. There have been many projections around what the Digital Workplace might look like, but we have very little empirically-based knowledge of how to design and implement an enticing, productive, networked and innovation-inspiring workplace. This panel is designed to:
1. Share insights from on-going research into the Digital Workplace
2. Provoke a discussion regarding the challenges for practitioners
3. Question whether we are fundamentally transforming work or simply automating existing practices.
Our panellists share a passion for re-imagining the workplace but have different experiences, approaches to research, and perspectives that will make for a lively discussion to engage and challenge the audience.


  • Kristine Dery (MIT Sloan School of Management)
  • Lizette Engelen (Radboudumc, Nijmegen)
  • Eric van Heck (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
  • Sabine Hess (Microsoft, Amsterdam)
  • Marleen Huysman (VU University, Amsterdam)
  • Sipko Mülder (Medicines Evaluation Board, Utrecht)
  • Pascale Peters (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
  • Tim Sluiter (Deloitte Group Support Center, Rotterdam)

Panel 6

Addressing the Challenges of the Networked Society Through the Next Generation of IS Masters-level Curricula

May 29, 11.00 – 12.30, F 103

AIS and ACM recently set up a task force for the revision of MSIS 2006 – the master’s level curriculum recommendation in information systems – MSIS 2016. The revision is justified by the challenges posed to the IS field by the networked society: emergence of new configurations of information technology; new demands from enterprises, markets and society; evolving professional practices; unfolding research questions. The panel will allow the involvement of the IS communityin the debate of major issues regarding graduate IS education in the broader context of educating professionals for the networked society. The panelists choice aims at providing perspectives on IS graduate education from different European areas. Besides opening the floor to the viewpoint of practitioners, attention will also be paid to the developments, occurring in Europe, regarding the competences in information and communication technologies demanded in the modern workplace.

Download the public paper for the panel!


  • João Carvalho (University of Minho)
  • Brian Donnellan (Maynooth University Business School)
  • Eija Karsten (Åbo Akademi University)
  • Andreas Gadatsch (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences)
  • Jan vom Brocke (University of Liechtenstein)

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