Format and Program


1. Presenter

Each participant gets a time slot of 1 hour during the tutoring sessions to present and discuss the submitted research proposal. The presentation (Powerpoint, Prezi, ..) should take no more than 30 minutes (ideally only 20 minutes) and cover the following subjects: context-background of the research (1 slide), problem statement (1 to 3 slides), objectives (1 to 2 slides), related work and chosen solution approach (1 to 3 slides), methodology, i.e., research process-steps-methods-assumptions-... (2 to 5 slides), results so far (0 to 2 slides), planning-timing (1 slide), specific questions for the audience (0 to 1 slide). The slides and oral presentation should be in English. Please bring handouts (17 copies) to distribute to the audience. Expect to get (constructively) critical answers from fellow participants and the doctoral consortium staff. The members of the staff include Robert Winter (University of St.Gallen), Guido Geerts (University of Delaware), Dirk Deschoolmeester (VLGMS & Ghent University), Jan Devos (Ghent University Association), Manu De Backer (Ghent University Association, University of Antwerp and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Frederik Gailly (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Geert Poels (Ghent University)).

2. Discussant

About two weeks before the event you will receive an electronic reader with some fundamental or groundbreaking papers on Design Science research and the research proposals submitted by your fellow participants. Each participant is asked to read one or two proposals of another participant and prepare some feedback like questions, suggestions, etc.. The specific assignments (who has to read which proposal) can be found in the program. When having a critical look at the assigned proposal, you can take into consideration issues like 'is the problem sufficiently relevant-significant?', 'are the objectives and intended contributions clearly formulated?', 'is it plausible that the proposed solution approach may lead to an effective solution?', 'is the methodology clear and sound?', 'do the different steps in the research plan map to the different objectives or research questions?', etc. Prepare an intervention, including answers by the presenter, of 5 to 10 minutes (meaning a maximum of three to four comments and/or questions)

3. Poster author

We also require you to prepare a poster summarizing the main lines of your research (proposal). The poster session will be held during the main CONFENIS conference, on Thursday afternoon (20 Sept.). We ask participants to explain their poster to those passing by and interested in it (so no formal presentation, just be prepared to explain your work and answer questions of those interested). On Thursday, there is also a parallel event to CONFENIS which is the ICT innovation day (or 'bedrijvendag') and also these participants will have the opportunity to admire your poster. With this poster session we hope for a fertile cross-over of ideas from consortium to main conference and vice-versa.

4. Design Science student

The reader will contain, apart from the submitted research proposals, some basic papers on Design Science research as applied in Information Systems research. It is advised to read these papers beforehand in order to prepare yourself optimally for the lectures and tutoring sessions.

5. Doctoral student

A certificate, as proof of your participation in the doctoral consortium, will be issued to those participating in all doctoral consortium activities (which are all free of charge). This includes the opening and closing sessions, the lectures and the tutoring sessions, for a total of 15 contact hours. We also strongly encourage participation in the (equally free of charge) social events (reception on Monday, diner on Tuesday) as this is important for getting the right atmosphere for the event and as we all know, as researchers, that informal contacts with peers are as important as the more formal relationships. The consortium starts on Monday 17 Sept at 6.00 PM and ends at Wednesday 19 Sept at 4.30 PM. The main conference starts Wednesday at 5.00 PM. The certificate is important for all those participants wishing to include the doctoral consortium as part of their doctoral training program (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University have already recognized the consortium as a specialist doctoral course).

Tentative program - schedule

(All sessions are in room Leslokaal 7, 3rd Floor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Hoveniersberg 24, 9000 Gent)

Monday 17 September 2012

  • 6.00 PM - 7.30 PM: Opening session by the doctoral consortium organizers
    • Welcome and presentation of participants and staff members
    • Objectives and organization of the course
    • Introduction to the theme and basic concepts/terminology
  • 7.30 PM - 9.30 PM Reception and social activity in Ghent

Tuesday 18 September 2012

  • 9.00 AM - 12.00 AM: Lectures on Design Science research in Information Systems
    • Robert Winter (University of St.Gallen, Switzerland)
      Design Science Research in IS 'Stand Alone' - and Combined with Complementary Approaches
      Abstract. Design Science Research in IS (DSRIS) has finally gained acceptance as alternative research paradigm to the behavioral research approach that dominates at many business schools. Guiding concepts and reference artifacts are available in increasing numbers and maturity. A summary of fundamental DSRIS concepts and issues as a 'stand alone' research approach is presented first. On that basis, enhancements (such as evaluation techniques and guidelines for DSRIS) as well as complementary techniques and approaches (such as empirical design factor analysis, empirical design solution analysis and empirical instrument effectiveness analysis) are presented.
    • Guido Geerts (University of Delaware, USA)
      How to conduct high-quality design science research?
      Abstract: While design science research (DSR) is gaining momentum in disciplines such as information systems and accounting, an important question that remains on the mind of many researchers is "how to conduct high quality DSR?" Several "Best Practices" have been discussed in the literature including the seven guidelines presented in Hevner et al. (2004) and the Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM) presented in Peffers et al. (2008). The goal of this workshop is to present a number of key principles for conducting high-quality DSR and to engage the participants in a discussion of issues such as how to motivate a research project, how to evaluate an artifact, and the need to understand the disciplinary culture.
  • 12.00 AM - 1.30 PM: Lunch
  • 1.30 PM - 6.00 PM: Tutoring sessions - presentation and discussion of research proposals
    • Peter De Bruyn (UA) -- Towards designing loosely coupled organizations based on fundamental engineering concepts
      Discussant: Maxime Bernaert (UGent)
    • Maxime Bernaert (UGent) -- Enterprise Architecture for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
      Discussant: Peter De Bruyn (UA)
    • Ben Roelens (UGent) -- From Business Logic to Business Process: Designing Strategy-Aligned Business Processes
      Discussant: Nadedja Alkhaldi (VUB)
    • Elien Dequidt (UGent) -- Impact of business process capabilities and organisational context on organisations' maturity of business process orientation and performance
      Discussants: Jan Claes (UGent), Griet Van Der Vurst (UGent)
  • 7.30 PM - 10.30 PM: Doctoral Consortium Diner in Ghent

Wednesday 19 September 2012

  • 9.00 AM - 12.00 AM: tutoring sessions - presentation and discussion of research proposals
    • Nadedja Alkhaldi (VUB) -- Participatory Quality Management of Ontologies in Enterprise Modelling
      Discussants: Elien Dequidt (UGent), Ben Roelens (UGent)
    • Jan Claes (UGent) -- Business Process Modeling in Support of Supply Chain Applications
      Discussant: Gilles Oorts (UA)
    • Gilles Oorts (UA) -- Normalized Systems in BPM and EA (working title)
      Discussant: Ben Roelens (UGent)
  • 12.00 AM - 1.30 PM: Lunch
  • 1.30 PM - 3.00 PM: Tutoring sessions - group discussions
    • General impression of the presentations and discussion
  • 3.00 PM - 4.30 PM: Closing session by the doctoral consortium organizers
    • Sharing experiences between the groups
    • Lessons learned
    • What to take away from this doctoral consortium?
    • Farewell
  • 5.00 PM: official start of the CONFENIS 2012 conference