ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award

The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) invites nominations for the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition 2024. We are seeking outstanding doctoral dissertations from around the world in the field of Information Systems that have been completed in the time period from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. The competition is sponsored by SIGMIS, the ACM Special Interest Group on MIS.

Nominations should be submitted no earlier than midnight (ET) August 3, 2024, and later than midnight (ET), September 13, 2024. The candidate’s Ph.D. advisor or department chair should submit the nomination. Only one nomination can be made from an institution.

The ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Competition is chaired by Eivor Oborn, Arun Rai, and Sean Xu, and the judges include the faculty members who participated at the ICIS 2023 doctoral consortium and other faculty members from the discipline who would be appropriate given the content of the submissions.

Questions about this competition may be addressed to the co-chairs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2024 competition, dissertations must have been completed in the time period from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. Authors must have successfully defended their dissertations and should have received the final approval and all required sign-offs on their dissertation document by June 30, 2024. The author should have earned their Ph.D. in Information Systems, and the dissertation needs to address an important issue in the field of IS. Dissertations that are not related to information systems phenomena will not be considered.  Works under consideration for publication may be submitted if they otherwise meet the submission criteria. Authors will retain full copyright of the submitted papers and dissertations.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

The language of all submitted materials must be English. The following 3 items, integrated in one submission document, are required:

  1. A paper derived from the dissertation.

The initial screening of submissions will be based on a purposefully written paper designed to highlight the significance and contribution of the research. If the dissertation consists of several essays, the paper should tie the essays in a coherent manner. The paper is expected to cover the whole dissertation research and should address:

(i) the motivation for the study
(ii) the research objective / questions
(iii) substance about how the research is conducted (i.e., theory development, method, and research design, as appropriate).
(iv) key findings
(v) contribution and implications of the research.

Submissions where the paper only covers part of the dissertation research or is one of several essays from the dissertation will not be considered.

The paper should be:

  • Single-authored (i.e., the paper must be written by the student)
  • 4,000 words in length, excluding the cover page, tables, graphs, references, and an abstract of no more than 200 words;
  • Formatted according to the MIS Quarterly manuscript guidelines;
  • Written in English;
  • Preceded by a cover page that includes a title and the student’s name, institution, and email address.
  1. The complete dissertation.
  2. A letter from the student’s dissertation advisor or department chair. The letter should attest that: the paper is based on the student’s dissertation; the dissertation has met all requirements for graduation with a doctoral degree and has been successfully completed during the time period from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024; the paper and the dissertation are regarded by the dissertation committee as being representative of the best level of their department’s doctoral work; the paper derived from the dissertation meets the following criteria: the paper is the work of the student under the guidance of the thesis supervisor (s) (name (s)); it represents high research standards, in terms of theory and methodology; it makes an original and substantive contribution to the understanding, development, or use of information systems.

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The candidate’s Ph.D. advisor or department chair should submit the nomination.
  • All three items must be integrated into a document and submitted.
  • The package should be received before midnight EDT September 13, 2024.

*Nominations should be submitted no earlier than midnight (ET) August 3, 2024, and later than midnight (ET), September 13, 2024. The candidate’s Ph.D. advisor or department chair should submit the nomination. Only one nomination can be made from an institution.

Late arrivals will not be considered.

REVIEWING PROCESS AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

A panel of judges, consisting of the ICIS 2023 doctoral consortium Faculty and possibly some other IS Faculty, will review each submitted application. The initial evaluation of the dissertation will be based on the paper derived from the work (as detailed above). The key evaluation criteria will be the significance of the issue being investigated and the contribution of the research undertaken. This evaluation will be used to select those submissions that merit a more detailed assessment as finalists for the award. The overall winner of the award will be selected by the competition co-chairs and the panel members. As this is an award competition, no reviews will be provided to the candidates or the nominators.

The winner of the dissertation award competition will be announced at the December 2024 ICIS Conference.

PANEL OF JUDGES

Co-Chairs:

  • Eivor Oborn, Warwick University
  • Arun Rai, Georgia State University
  • Sean Xu, Tsinghua University

Panel Members:

  • Wai Fong Boh, Nanyang Technological University
  • Zhenhui (Jack) Jiang, University of Hong Kong
  • Xin Li, City University of Hong Kong
  • Balaji Padmanabhan, University of Maryland
  • (Ravi) Ravichandran, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University
  • Saonee Sarker, Virginia Tech
  • Susan Scott, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Stefan Seidel, University of Cologne
  • D.J. (Dongjun) Wu, Georgia Institute of Technology