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Doctoral consortium

The ECIS 2013 Doctoral Consortium will take place prior to the conference from Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2013 to midday Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Geetbets, Belgium. 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 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 2013 and the conference sponsors.

Consortium Faculty

Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Karlheinz Kautz, University of Wollongong, Australia

Project Manager
Jaap Kabbedijk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Faculty Members
Margunn Aanestad, University of Oslo, Norway
Tilo Boehmann, University of Hamburg, Germany
Shirley Gregor, Australian National U., Austraila
Ola Henfridsson, University of Warwick, UK
Jannis Kallinikos, London Business School, UK
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve U., USA
Nancy Russo, Northern Illinois U., USA
Suprateek Sarker, Washington State U., USA


Benelux Association for Information Systems

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) -Department of IT Management 

 Association for Information Systems

Consortium Location

The doctoral consortium will be held at Heerlijckyt Van Elsmeren meeting center that is located in the rural municipality of Geetbets, Belgium. The property, with its mansion, farmhouse, ponds and grounds, is delightfully situated on the border between Flemish Brabant and Limburg.

Important Dates

Nomination deadline: 31 January, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 31 March, 2013
Consortium: 2-5 June, 2013

Nomination Requirements and Submission Procedure

The consortium is designed for students who are engaged in developing their dissertation research and have successfully defended their thesis proposals before June 2013. Students who will have completed their dissertations by June 2013 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 2013 conference paper submission system and directed to the "ECIS 2013 Doctoral Consortium" track. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word DOC/ DOCX format or 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 31 January 2013. 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 methodology, 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 (excluding references and the progress report appendix).

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. The language for the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. 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 31 March 2013. 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 2013 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.

Travel and Visa

Participants are expected to arrive independently to the doctoral consortium location in Belgium. The location of the doctoral consortium is nearby a train station and not far from Brussels International Airport. We will provide transportation from the consortium location to the main conference site in the Netherlands. 

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Participants who travel from outside the EU may need to obtain a visa to both Belgium and the Netherlands. For visa information please contact the respective embassies or consulates in your home country. Please plan ahead and make sure that your passport is valid for no less than six months at the time of entry to the EU. 

Contact Information

For all academic and program related questions, please contact the program chair (Michel Avital: or Karlheinz Kautz: For all other questions, please contact Jaap Kabbedijk at