Call for Participation: CONFENIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium
Ghent, 17-19 September 2012
- http://www.managementinformatics.ugent.be/confenis2012

Doctoral consortium of the 6th International Conference on Research and Practical Issues in Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2012), Ghent, 19-21 September 2012 - http://www.confenis2012.be

CONFENIS is the annual international academic conference of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing - http://www.ifip.org) devoted to enterprise information systems. Enterprise information systems refer to a wide array of applications of IT systems that ranges from cross-departmental to cross-organisational systems. Such systems provide the information and controls required for directing, planning, running, measuring, and monitoring the activities of single or multiple (i.e., chains or networks of) enterprises. Typical examples of enterprise information systems are Accounting Information Systems (AIS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems, Business Intelligence (BI) systems, and Business Process Management Systems (BPMS).

Following last year's CONFENIS doctoral consortium, Design Science in Enterprise Information Systems Research is the central theme of the doctoral consortium. The aim is to explore the Design Science approach to Information Systems research, integrating conceptual design thinking with information systems engineering research.

All PhD students interested in learning more about Design Science research are welcome to apply for admission to the CONFENIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium. Participation is limited to 20 students. In case more than 20 candidates have applied for admission at the deadline (June 15, 2012) then participants will be selected based on the quality (i.e., relevance, soundness, clarity and maturity) of their research proposals (see admission procedure) and the potential benefit of participation to the student's doctoral research. Participants in the consortium should currently be enrolled as a PhD student at a university and conduct research in the area of Information Systems. It is not a prerequisite that students use or intend to use Design Science as part of their PhD project.

The Doctoral Consortium is approved as a 3 ECTS PhD course and is sponsored by UGent doctoral schools and VUB doctoral schools of human schiences. Participation in all activities (see program) is required for receiving the course certificate.

All participants are required to register for the CONFENIS 2012 conference. PhD students can register at a strongly reduced tariff of 295 Euros (see http://www.confenis2012.be). The Doctoral Consortium itself is free for PhD students. Cost for all distributed materials, lunches (2), welcome reception and social event, and the doctoral consortium diner will be covered.

The doctoral consortium sessions will be held at the premises of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University (see http://www.feb.ugent.be)