The conference will start with the Doctoral Consortium which will run from Saturday to Sunday (June 8-9, 2019). 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 faculty / school / PhD programme can nominate only one candidate and must guarantee proper funding for the student to attend the doctoral consortium as well as the main conference. While room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2019 and the conference sponsors, admitted PhD students have to register to ECIS 2019 at the reduced student rate.

Important Dates

Doctoral Consortium Nomination: January 25, 2019

Notification of DC acceptance: March 24, 2019 (delayed to March 31)

Early registration deadline for ECIS 2019: April 30, 2019

Consortium: June 8-9, 2019 (Saturday-Sunday, arrival Friday evening, June 7, 2019)

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 2019 or are close to completion will not be accepted. Some requirements should be fulfilled:

  • A student must be nominated by a representative of his or her respective institution (faculty or PhD programme). Every faculty/school/PhD programme can only nominate one PhD student for the Doctoral Consortium. Self-nominations by students or nominations by individual supervisors will not be considered.
  • 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 package should include the following:

The submitted materials, as ONE FILE, must be e-mailed to as an attachment. 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 January 25, 2019. 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 Dissertation Proposal 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 Dissertation Proposal 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 Dissertation Proposal 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 (including cover page, references and appendix). When preparing a submission, we recommend PhD students to reflect upon the following questions:

  1. What makes the research I do especially appealing for me?
  2. For the discipline?
  3. For practice?
  4. How can I justify that my research results will match the goals of the dissertation?
  5. How can I show that the results of my work will contribute to advancing the field?

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 at most one student will be accepted from one faculty / PhD programme. 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 (including participation at ECIS 2019 at student registration rate).

Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent via e-mail to all applicants by March 24, 2019. Further instructions will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.


Participation in the consortium is by invitation only and is based on competitive selection. There is no registration fee and room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2019 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.

Traveling to the DC location

The Doctorial Consortium will take place mainly at Gimo Herrgård, a mansion in the countryside just outside of Uppsala. But we will start off with a welcoming reception in the Uppsala University Main Building in the Chancellor’s Room.

Participants are expected to have arrived in Uppsala for the welcoming reception taking place on Friday the 7th of June starting at 16.00.

After the reception a bus will transport us all to Gimo Herrgård where the D.C will continue throughout the weekend and transportation will be provided back to Uppsala on Monday 10th of June upon the ending of the D.C. The arrival time in Uppsala central station is 10.00 on Monday 10th of June and from there many options for transport to Stockholm is available, see travel info below.

How to travel to Uppsala

To travel to Uppsala from Arlanda airport or Stockholm city centre, the train is the easiest way. You can book SJ tickets on line or you can purchase the ticket at the airport (Sky City) or at Stockholm Central Station. For more information, see Travel to Uppsala

When arriving in Uppsala, the University Main Building is a 15 min walk from the central station, or if taxi is preferred there are always taxis waiting outside of the train station. For directions, see:

Please check visa requirements under the Travel on the ECIS 2019 website and do not hesitate to ask us for advice or help.

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Rikard Lindgren, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Netta Iivari, Oulu University, Finland

Doctoral Consortium Faculties

Margunn Aanestad, University of Oslo, Norway

Tina Blegind Jensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Sirkka Järvenpää, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Lars Mathiassen, Georgia State University, USA

Michael Myers, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Ojelanki Ngwenyama, Ryerson University, Canada