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bullett ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition 2009

The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) invites nominations for the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition 2009. We look for outstanding doctoral dissertations around the globe in the field of information systems that have been completed in the time period from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. The competition is sponsored by SIGMIS, the ACM Special Interest Group on MIS.

Nominations should be submitted no later than 5:00 PM US EDT, July 28, 2009. The candidate's Ph.D. advisor or department chair should make the nomination. Only one nomination can be made from an institution.

The ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Competition 2009 is chaired by Dennis Galletta, Colette Rolland, and Duane Truex. The judges include the faculty who participated at the ICIS 2008 doctoral consortium and possibly other faculty members from the discipline.

Questions about this competition may be addressed to the co-chairs (noted below).

bullett Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2009 competition, dissertations must have been completed in the time period from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Authors must have successfully defended their dissertations and should have received the final approval and all required sign-offs on their dissertation document by the June 30, 2009 date. The author should be an information systems major, and the dissertation needs to address an important issue in the information systems field.

bullett Submission Process

All papers and supporting documents must be received by midnight US EDT on July 31, 2009. Any documents received after that date, and/or submissions without all of the appropriate documentation, will not be reviewed.

ICIS encourages submissions from different countries. However, the language of all submitted materials must be English.


bullett The following materials are required:

1. PDF or Word files containing the complete dissertation and the
nomination letter (see 3 below) should be sent electronically to thesiscompetition@gmail.com before midnight US EDT, July 31, 2009. A hard copy of the nomination letter must also be mailed to:

    Dennis Galletta
    342 Mervis Hall
    Katz Graduate School of Business
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
    Tel: (412) 648-1699

The hard copy of the nomination letter must arrive in Professor Galletta's office before 5:00 PM US EDT on August 14, 2009. Late arrivals will not be considered.

Hard copy option:

If any difficulties (such as technical issues like thesis size) make it impossible to email the thesis, a hard copy of the thesis and a hard copy of the letter can be sent to the above address in lieu of the emailed copy. However, the package must include a CD ROM with an electronic copy of the thesis. You should work ahead of time to make sure that your thesis can be handled electronically so that you can make alternate hard copy arrangements in plenty of time.

2. An electronic copy of a paper derived from the dissertation should be
e-mailed to the same address (thesiscompetition@gmail.com). If the dissertation consists of several essays, the paper should tie the essays in a coherent manner. The paper should be:

  • Single-authored (i.e., the paper must be written by the student);
  • Absolutely no more than 4,000 words in length, excluding the cover page,
    tables, graphs, references, and an abstract of no more than 200 words in length;
  • Formatted according to the MIS Quarterly manuscript guidelines;
  • Written in English; and
  • Preceded by a cover page that includes a title and the student's name,
    institution, and email address.
The paper should be received before midnight US EDT, July 31, 2009. Late arrivals will not be considered. If you face problems sending the file, please contact Professor Galletta (galletta@katz.pitt.edu).

3. An electronic copy of a letter from the student's dissertation advisor
or department chair should accompany the paper (see 2 above) in the same e-mail. The letter should attest that: the paper is based on the student's dissertation; the dissertation has met all requirements for graduation with a doctoral degree and has been successfully completed during the time period from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009; the paper and the dissertation are regarded by the dissertation committee as being representative of the best level of their department's doctoral work; the paper derived from the dissertation meets the following criteria: the paper is the work of the student under the guidance of the thesis supervisor (name); it represents high research standards, in terms of theory and methodology; it makes an original and substantive contribution to the understanding, development, or use of information systems.

Works under consideration for publication may be submitted if they otherwise meet the criteria stated above. Authors will retain full copyright of the submitted papers and dissertations.


bullett Acknowledgment

Receipt of electronic materials will be acknowledged within 72 hours. If you do not receive acknowledgement within 72 hours, please email Professor Galletta (galletta@katz.pitt.edu) and we will investigate. Receipt of hardcopy materials sent via regular or expedited mail will not be acknowledged unless an acknowledgement is specifically requested via e-mail. We recommend that you use package tracking for confirmation of receipt.

bullett Reviewing Process

A panel of judges, consisting of the ICIS 2008 doctoral consortium faculty and possibly some other IS faculty, will review each submitted paper.

Their evaluations will be used to select those papers that merit more detailed assessment as final candidates for the award. The papers and dissertations of the finalists will be reviewed by a few members of the review panel, who will make the ultimate selection. As this is an award competition, no reviews will be provided to the candidates or the nominators.

bullett Announcement of Winners

The winner of the dissertation award competition will be announced in December 2009 at ICIS in Arizona. There will be no individual notification of the status of any candidate until the official announcement in December.

Doctoral Dissertation Award Co-Chairs
Dennis Galletta
Colette Rolland
Duane Truex
Dennis Galletta
University of Pittsburgh
Colette Rolland
University Paris1-
Panthéon Sorbonne
Duane Truex
Georgia State University


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