Opening of Panel Submission System : October 5, 2015 - 00.00 CET
Panel Submission Deadline : March 14, 2016 - 23.59 CET
Notification of Panel Decision : April 15, 2016
Final Version of Accepted Panels : April 29, 2016

Panel Chairs

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


The best panels are often amongst the most memorable conference events. ECIS Panels provide the opportunity to present topics and ideas that are ground-breaking and perhaps controversial to the IS community. The panel must engage the audience and the included panelists in a discussion that will stimulate interaction and enhance the learning experience with a goal of moving the topic forward to greater understanding and application. Panel topics are varied, but generally pertain to controversial research questions, new research challenges, or changes to the status quo of the discipline. Panels related to the conference theme are especially welcome. We encourage proposals that challenge the traditional panel format and include innovative and inspirational elements to stimulate interaction and enhance the learning experience.

Required Elements of Panel Proposals

A panel proposal should include the following seven sections:

  1. Introduction: General description of the panel or issues to be discussed or debated stating the motivation for the panel.
  2. Issues: Issues or dilemma that will be discussed.
  3. Panelists: Names and positions of those who will take varied viewpoints. For debates, identification of proponents and opponents.
  4. Panel Structure: Description of timing of the session and the format of interaction among participants and with the audience. Panels should be designed as enacted "meeting of the mind" and not as a few short linear presentations. Assume 90 minutes in total.
  5. Participation Statement: A statement that all participants have made a commitment to attend the conference and serve on the panel if the panel is accepted.
  6. Biographies: A brief description of each participant's background, including expertise related to the topic and views of the issues. About 120 words per person.
  7. References: as appropriate.

Review Criteria

  • Panel Topic: Topic is novel, leading edge and invites debate and discussion.
  • Panel Format: Panel focuses on discussion and not the presentation of research results; format is innovative and involves the audience.
  • Panelists: Panelists include thought leaders and/or well-published experts and represent a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and geographic regions.
  • Implications: The outcome of the panel has likely implications for practice or conduct of research in information systems.
  • Panel Interest: The panel seems likely to draw a wide audience.

Panel Proposal Format and Page Limit Requirements

The panel proposal must not exceed five (5) pages and must conform to the ECIS 2016 Submission Template. The 5-page count must include all text, figures, tables, and appendices.

Abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Submissions may include a video clip or similar to illustrate the intended format.

Please submit your panel proposals by March 14, 2016 via the ECIS 2016 Electronic Submission System.

Critical Dates

Panel Proposal Submission Deadline : 14 March, 2016
Panel Proposal Decision Notification : 15 April, 2016
Panel Description Revision Deadline : 29 April, 2016

Associate Editors

Roman Beck, IT University of Copenhagen
Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick
Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen
Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde University
Fred Niederman, Saint Louis University
Carsten Sorensen, London School of Economic
Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics