Doctoral Consortium

Important Dates

Nomination Deadline

March 15, 2015

Notification of Acceptance

April 15, 2015

Nominations are invited for the 19th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2015 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will be held on July 5-6 at University Town (U-Town) at the National University of Singapore, immediately prior to the PACIS 2015 Conference.

Call for Nominations

Universities are invited to nominate candidates for the consortium. Eligible candidates are Ph.D. students in Information Systems (IS), who have developed a plan for pursuing their dissertation, and would benefit from constructive feedback from senior faculty in the field. The consortium aims to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to share their research ideas and network with peers and experienced scholars serving as faculty advisors. Participating students will receive high quality feedback from faculty advisors, who are eminent researchers in the field, associated with leading institutions around the globe, serving in senior editorial positions in the field’s top journals. This consortium will be a significant event for emerging IS researchers in the Asia Pacific region.

Nomination Eligibility

  • Ph.D. students who are currently working on a doctoral dissertation in Information Systems, and whose research has progressed to the point where a clear plan of investigation has been laid out, but there is sufficient scope for changes to this plan based on feedback from the consortium.
  • The ideal consortium candidate should have chosen a theoretical approach and initiated planning or implementation of empirical work, but should have at least six months of work remaining at the time of the consortium.
  • The nominated candidates must be sufficiently proficient in English to participate in the consortium, since the language of the consortium will be English.
  • While priority will be given to students from institutions in the Asia-Pacific region (AIS Region 3), applicants from other AIS regions will be considered subject to spare seats.

Nomination Process

  • In the interests of diversity and equity, more than one nomination is allowed from any single institution, but we require that the nominees be ranked. Note that the first-ranked nominees will have equal chance against other top ranked or sole nominees. The 2nd ranked nominees would only be considered after all 1st ranked/sole nominees.
  • Students must be nominated by an IS faculty member. The nomination should follow the guidelines below:
    • A submitted proposal should outline the research topic, research question(s), theoretical foundations, proposed methodology, current stage of the research, and plans for completion.
    • The proposal should meet the requirements of research-in-progress (RIP) submissions for PACIS, since accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings as RIP papers.
    • The proposal must not exceed 7 single-spaced A4 pages (12-point Times New Roman font, 1 inch spacing on all sides) and must conform to the Research-In-Progress word template (available for download from the PACIS 2015 website). The 7 pages must include all text, figures, tables, and appendices, but exclude the cover page, abstract, keywords, and references. Please note that the length restriction is strict; proposals that do not follow the requirements will not be considered.
    • A cover page should show the candidate’s full name, affiliation (university and school/department), and all contact details including name, mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. The candidate should also indicate the name(s) of his or her principal faculty supervisors.
    • A nomination letter from either the director of the IS doctoral program, the IS department’s chairperson, or the candidate’s thesis/dissertation advisor should certify that that the candidate is the nominee from the university/institution, and that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
    • A completed Nomination Information Sheet

    Consortium Schedule

    Consortium activities will commerce with Registration and Panel in the afternoon on Sunday, 5th July, followed by a welcome dinner. Full day event is scheduled all day on the 6th July, which will focus on providing constructive feedback to students on their research.

    The Consortium will include a balanced mix of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools and cultures. The number of attendees will be limited to 20, organized into 4 streams of 5 students. Each student will present his or her research in a designated stream led by 2-3 faculty advisors, who will have carefully reviewed the student submissions. Participants are required to have carefully reviewed all proposals in their stream prior to the Consortium so that they are prepared to contribute to the discussion on each student’s research.

    Registration and Cost

    Accepted consortium students are required to register for the main PACIS conference by the early-bird date.  The students will receive further feedback by presenting their research during a poster session.

    There is no registration fee for the doctoral consortium and lodging will be provided during the consortium (i.e., 1-night stay at U-Town on July 5, 2015). Transport from NUS U-Town to Marina Bay Sands at the conclusion of the consortium is also provided.  However, the students are responsible for their own travel (e.g., airfare, transport to NUS U-Town) and accommodations during the main PACIS conference.  Nominating institutions are encouraged to provide financial assistance to successful nominees in the form of travel and accommodation aid. More detailed information about the consortium will be provided on acceptance.

    Submission Contact Information

    • Please contact the Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs, Anandhi Bharadwaj, Jungpil Hahn and Choon Ling Sia if you have any question about the consortium.
    • You should submit your proposals and nomination sheets by email to all three co-chairs (Anandhi Bharadwaj:, Jungpil Hahn:, and Choon Ling Sia

    Faculty Mentors:

    • Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick, Ireland
    • Susanna Ho, Australian National University, Australia
    • Mark Keil, Georgia State University, USA
    • Michael Myers, University of Auckland, New Zealand
    • Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland
    • Mikko Siponen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    • Viswananth Venkatesh, University of Arkansas, USA
    • Sean Xin Xu, Tsinghua University, China
    • Michael Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

    Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs:

    • Anandhi Bharadwaj, Emory University, USA
    • Jungpil Hahn, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Choon Ling Sia, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong