Call for Participation

22 March 2004   

Proposal Submission Deadline

7   May    2004

Notification of acceptance/rejection

3   June    2004

Final Submission Due

8   July     2004


Submissions are invited for the PACIS2004 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will provide a unique opportunity for doctoral and some masters research/MPhil students at an advanced stage in their studies, to present their work to an audience of peers and faculty. The ideal candidate should have chosen their theoretical approach and started their empirical work, but have at least six months work remaining (at the time of the Consortium) before they expect to complete their dissertation. A friendly and constructive event is planned which will provide valuable feedback on the Ph.D. research process.

Patrick Chau, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Guoqing Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Peter Seddon, University of Melbourne, Australia

1. Students cannot apply directly but can only be nominated by their faculty. To nominate a student, the student's      supervisor must provide the following application materials as an e-mail message and as an email attachment      (Word format and in English):

A letter of nomination including the following:

  Title of the dissertation/thesis/project.

  Data on the nominee: name, mailing and e-mail address, phone and fax numbers,     department and institution, degree type (Ph.D. student or masters' research     student).

  Data on the nominating faculty member: name, mailing and e-mail address, phone      and fax numbers, department and institution.

A short paper summarizing the research. The length should be around 2000 words. The      submission should include the stage of the research, an outline of objectives, research problem,      literature, methodology, and expected outcome.

2. To be eligible for the Consortium the student will need to be a current doctoral or masters research student      within a recognized university. If no appropriate Ph.D. students are eligible from a university, the faculty may      nominate a strong research masters student who intends converting to Ph.D.
3. Submissions will be reviewed by a group of researchers and faculty selected by the PACIS Committee.
4. The language for the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have      sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the academic discussions of the Consortium.
Selection is competitive with a maximum of 20 participants, based on the quality of the research, the contribution the student may make to the Consortium, and potential benefit of the Consortium to the student's research. The consortium will include a balanced mix of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures. Nominations should be sent to: .

Information about the PACIS 2004 Conference and the call for papers are available at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Should you have any queries, please contact any one of the following:

Professor Patrick Chau (

Professor Guoqing Chen (

Dr. Peter Seddon (





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