Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium

Important Dates
Nomination Deadline March 18, 2019
Notification of Acceptance April 8, 2019 (Extension to April 15, 2019)
Place: School of Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University, No.28, Xianning West Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710049, P.R. China
We invite you to make nominations for the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2019 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will be held on July 8-9, immediately prior to the PACIS 2019 Conference at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. 
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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The nominated candidates must be sufficiently proficient in English to participate in the consortium, since the language of the consortium will be English.
4. While some priority will be given to students from institutions in the Asia-Pacific region (AIS Region 3), strong nominations from other AIS regions will be seriously considered.
Nomination Process
1. 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. To provide this ranking, we request that the IS Department Chair (or equivalent position) send the Doctoral Consortium chairs a separate mail providing the ranking of the students being nominated from his/her institution.
2. Students must be nominated by an IS faculty member. The nomination should follow the guidelines below:
----2.1. A submitted proposal should outline the research topic, research question(s), theoretical foundations, proposed methodology, current stage of the research, and plans for completion.
----2.2. The proposal should meet the requirements of research-in-progress (RIP) submissions for PACIS.
----2.3. The proposal must not exceed 8 single-spaced A4 pages (11-point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins on all sides) and must conform to the PACIS2019-Author-Initial-Submission-Template (following the RIP requirement) (Click here to download). The 8 pages must include all text, figures, tables, and appendices, 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.
----2.4. 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 numbers. The candidate should also indicate the name(s) of his or her principal faculty supervisor(s).
----2.5. A nomination form (Click here to download) from either the director of the IS doctoral program, the IS department's chairperson, or the candidate's thesis/dissertation advisor should certify that the candidate is the nominee from the university/institution, and that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
Consortium Schedule
Consortium activities (subject to changes) will include a welcome dinner, keynote speech(es), panel(s) and student presentations on July 8-9. The program will be announced in due course.

The Consortium will include a balanced mix of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools and cultures. 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 other participants' research.

Registration and Cost
Accepted consortium students are required to register for the main conference by the early-bird date (student rate). There is no charge for the consortium. Dinner and one night accommodation on 8 July 2019, breakfast and lunch on 9 July 2019, as well as transportation to the Conference Welcome Dinner on the evening of 9 July 2019 will be providedThe accommodation on July 8 2019 will be arranged at Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an, which is 10 mins walk to Doctoral Consortium venue in Xi'an Jiaotong University. More hotel information can be found hereParticipants will need to arrange their own transportation to the Doctoral Consortium site, as well as expenses outside of (not covered in) the Doctoral Consortium.

More detailed information about the consortium will be provided on acceptance.

Submission Contact Information
Please contact with the Consortium Co-Chairs with questions. You should submit your proposal and nomination form by email to


Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs:
Wai Fong Boh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Andrew Burton-Jones, University of Queensland, Australia
Choon Ling Sia, City University of Hong Kong, China

Faculty Counselors:

Associate Professor Gordon Gao, University of Maryland College Park
Professor Anand Gopal, University of Maryland
Associate Professor Jungpil Hahn, National University of Singapore
Professor Shuk Ying (Susanna) Ho, Australian National University
Professor Sunil Mithas, University of South Florida
Professor Michael Myers, University of Auckland
Professor Wonseok Oh, KAIST
Professor Jason Thatcher, The University of Alabama
Keynote Speaker:
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Elena Karahanna

Distinguished Research Professor & L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business

University of Georgia

Personal Homepage Website: (

Brief bio:
Elena Karahanna is a University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor and the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business in the MIS Department, Terry College of Business, at the University of Georgia. She has also held visiting appointments in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and Italy and was on the faculty at the University of Cyprus and at Florida State University. Elena is also a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business-IT Strategies practice.
She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota with specializations in Organization Theory and Organizational Communication, and B.S. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) and MBA degrees from Lehigh University.
Title: Managing the Competing Demands of Academic Careers: An Agile Approach
Abstract: Academic careers entail competing demands across research, teaching, and internal and external service. New opportunities compete with existing projects and commitments for our time and attention. Without an active approach to managing these competing demands, inherent characteristics of activities, such as structure and deadlines, tend to take precedence over value towards career goals. The keynote will focus on an approach, based on agile methodology principles, to actively manage competing demands and opportunities towards achieving career goals.