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The Doctoral Consortium provided doctoral students working on their dissertation research an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas, explore issues related to academic and research careers in the Information Systems field, and build relationships with other IS PhD students from around the world.

The Consortium was held from Friday, December 11 to Monday, December 14, 2009, at The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 facility.

Students were nominated by their respective institutions amd had to complete three separate documents and submit the three documents to the online submission system. Details on the document requirements and online submission process are below.

Incomplete or late submission packages were not be reviewed. No exceptions will be made.

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bullett Eligibility

Participation in the Consortium is by invitation only. Each university may submit only one nominee. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities, from the opening on Friday evening to the closing at noon on Monday. 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/thesis proposals before December 2009, although they need not have defended their proposals before the submission deadline.

Students who will have completed their dissertations by December 2009 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.

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.


bullett Selection process

Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive with over 80 nominations typically received each year. Participants will be selected based on:

  • 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.

The 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.

bullett Notification of acceptance

Acceptance and rejection notifications are expected to be sent by August 25, 2009.

bullett 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 2009 conference in Phoenix which immediately follows the Consortium.


bullett 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/academic.

  • There can only be one nominee per university or institution.
  • 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/institution,
    • that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above, and
    • that the nominating institution will provide the consortium 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, the student may be nominated by the candidate’s dissertation advisor.
  • Multiple nominations received from a university/institution will be rejected.
  • Students, not the nominating faculty member, will submit the completed nomination letter during the online submission process.

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 paper should include 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 should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows:

  • Times New Roman or equivalent font
  • 11- or 12-point font
  • Double-spaced (not 1.5)
  • 1 inch margins all around
  • 8.5 x 11 inch paper (or A4)
  • Pages must be numbered

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.

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 25, 2009. The second appendix would be an estimate of what still needs to be done to complete the dissertation as of May 25, 2009.


bullett Submission process

All three documents (nominee information sheet, nomination letter and candidate’s research paper) must be submitted through the online submission system (Manuscript Central at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/icis2009) 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.

All submissions must be received by the system no later than midnight, U.S. EDT, Monday May 25, 2009. 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.

In case of problems or for further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs noted above.


bullett Step-by-step instructions for submitting to Manuscriptcentral

Step-by-step instructions on how to upload your Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter, and Proposal using the http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/icis2009 website.

  1. Create a login for yourself via the manuscript submission system at
  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 steps 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:
    (1) Nominee Information Sheet,(2) Letter of Nomination, and (3) Proposal file.
    Acceptable file types are .DOC, .RTF, and .PDF. When you are done click "Save & Continue"
  10. View your uploaded files by clicking on PDF. When you are finished, click "Save &     Continue"
  11. If you are satisfied with the PDF click "Submit"

Please note that once you submit your packet you cannot make any further changes. You are done!

Good luck!

To get to the online submission system, click here http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/icis2009


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