Proposal Submission Start Date : October 9, 2015
Proposal Submission End Date : February 15, 2016
Notification of Decision : April 4, 2016

The ECIS 2016 Doctoral Consortium will take place prior to the conference from Saturday (morning), June 11th, 2016 to evening Sunday, June 12th, 2016 in Bogazici University's Kilyos (Saritepe) campus, located about one hour North of Istanbul, and facing a beautiful beach by the Black Sea. 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 2016 and the conference sponsors.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: : February 15th, 2016
Notification of acceptance: : April 4th, 2016
Consortium: : June 11-12th, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday, arrival on Friday, June 10th)

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 2016 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
  • 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 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 February 15th, 2016. 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 method, 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. When preparing a submission, we recommend PhD students to reflect upon the following questions:

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

How to Submit

Submissions to the Doctoral Consortium are to be made via e-mail to

For all questions regarding Doctoral Consortium submission please contact

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 institution. 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. Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent via e-mail to all applicants by April 4th 2016. 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 2016 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.

DC Location

The ECIS 2016 Doctoral Consortium will be held at Bogazici University's Kilyos (Sarıtepe) campus which is located on a 1.272.600 square meter land, facing a beautiful beach by the Black Sea. It includes dormitories, housing for academic staff, classrooms, offices and a library. A small hotel and two cafeterias serve the needs of the residents.

Hotel (on the left) and The English Preparatory School (on the right)

Blue Hall-A004

Panoramic view from the classrooms

Travel and Visa

The participants are expected to arrive in Kilyos in the evening of Friday, June 10th, 2016. Kilyos is about an hour's drive from Istanbul. Shuttle service from Bogazici University's South (Guney) Campus to Kilyos will be provided (on Friday, June 10th, at 3:00 PM). For those who arrive earlier or later, municipal busses will be available from the South (Guney) Campus to the Doctoral Consortium Hotel in Kilyos. The shuttle bus will depart from the Kilyos campus for the South (Guney) campus in Istanbul on Sunday, June 12th, around 5 PM.

Further traveling instructions to the doctoral consortium location will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.

Please check visa requirements under the general travel information on the ECIS2016 website and do not hesitate to ask us for advice or help.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs


Henri Barki (HEC Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Jonathan Wareham (ESADE, Ramon Llull University, Spain)


  • Jens Dibbern (Faculty of Business and Economics and Social Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Bill Kettinger (Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis, USA)
  • Tina Blegind Jensen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  • Jan Recker (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Alain Pinsonneault (Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada)