The role of the doctoral consortium: An Information Systems signature pedagogy?

Gable, Guy G., Smyth, Robert and Gable, Alison (2016) The role of the doctoral consortium: An Information Systems signature pedagogy?. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 38 1: 678-711.

Author Gable, Guy G.
Smyth, Robert
Gable, Alison
Title The role of the doctoral consortium: An Information Systems signature pedagogy?
Journal name Communications of the Association for Information Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1529-3181
Publication date 2016-05
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 678
End page 711
Total pages 34
Place of publication Atlanta, United States
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
The doctoral consortium is a well-established, widely endorsed event in the information systems (IS) discipline that occurs adjunct to mainstream IS conferences (e.g., ICIS, ECIS, PACIS, AMCIS). Anecdotal evidence suggests that PhD students’ experience of these events is almost universally positive; some have referred to the events as “life changing” or “magical”. Further, both participating students and scholars strongly perceive the events’ value. To extend the experience to more PhD students, doctoral consortia are more recently being run locally and unaffiliated with any conference. By reviewing the literature and historical documents and conducting a series of interviews and email exchanges with past conference co-chairs, we explore the merits of IS doctoral consortia (consortia). We position the IS doctoral consortium as distinct from forms of doctoral student development in other disciplines, a veritable “signature pedagogy” for IS. In examining the practices and motivations underlying doctoral consortia, we explain related phenomena to improving future consortia. In addition, by appending much historical detail, we add to the IS discipline’s organizational memory.
Keyword Doctoral consortium
Information Systems discipline
Conferences in Information Systems
Doctoral studies
Signature pedagogy
Expert panel
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 18 May 2016, 11:44:50 EST by Mrs Alison Gable on behalf of School of Social Science