Doctoral Consortium

The ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference Committee invites submissions for the Doctoral Consortium. It is targeted for students who are at an early stage of writing their dissertation proposal (typically in the 2nd or 3rd year in a doctoral program), and who are conducting research on a CPR-related topic or related to the theme of this year’s conference (Digital Transformation). The purpose of the consortium is two-fold: 1) provide feedback and guidance to students on their proposal while at a stage where feedback can be considered for future dissertation work, and 2) provide mentoring and networking opportunities to students who wish to pursue careers as CPR researchers.

The group of doctoral students selected to participate in the doctoral consortium will receive one round of written feedback on their proposal. At the conference, each student will have 15-20 minutes to present their research ideas and receive feedback in-person from experienced CPR researchers and fellow consortium participants. The doctoral consortium will allow activities in plenary mode and intense workshop sessions in smaller groups.

Doctoral students must be nominated to the consortium by a faculty sponsor. Students nominated for the consortium should submit a 10-page research proposal (including all text, figures, and references) to be reviewed by a panel of highly qualified senior faculty mentors. Proposals should be sent by email to the doctoral consortium chairs (see below).

Financial Assistance:
Funding will be provided to assist with travel and registration fees to students selected for the doctoral consortium.

Conference Location: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB, Bengaluru):
The conference will be hosted on the iconic campus of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) ( A 100-acre oasis in south Bengaluru, IIMB is a premier management Institute in India. Lo-cated in India’s high technology capital, IIMB is in close proximity to some of the leading firms in the country. The verdant campus with its all-stone architecture, statuesque columns, and hidden open spaces creates a lasting impression on visitors and residents alike. From a dusky town of seventies with mild weather and numerous lakes, Bengaluru has emerged as a leading global city of the 21st century boasting modernity amidst tradition. The city is a unique blend of modernity and heritage, reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and way of life. Local attractions in Bengaluru include the Bengaluru Palace and the Fort of Tipu Sultan. Together with the neighboring cities, Bengaluru has retained the history of the Vijayanagara empire (1336-1565 AD), which excelled in the Hindu temple architecture. Bengaluru is also a nest of nature housing Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bannerghatta Biological Park. In the regional neighborhood, one can escape into the dense vegetation of Bandipur and enjoy elephant rides into the forest reserves in search of big cats.

Some of the reasons you may wish to submit your proposal to the doctoral consortium and attend CPR 2017 in Bangalore, India this year:
Power your doctoral research!
• Two rounds of feedback on your research—written comments after review + oral feedback at the consortium
• Face-to-face discussions on your research in a small group setting with seasoned faculty mentors who are active re-searchers and fellow doctoral students
• Small conference with lots of opportunities for close interactions with journal editors and scholars who regularly pub-lish in premier journals
• High attendance and engagement at paper sessions = excellent feedback on your research
• An academic keynote by Prof. Sunil Mithas, University of Maryland, a prolific author of papers in top-tier journals
Learn first-hand about the IT Industry in India!
• An industry keynote by a top-notch IT industry executive
• An industry-academia panel comprising of senior executives and senior scholars
• A potential site visit to a major IT firm’s campus in India for interested attendees
Build your network!
• Start building your professional network with established researchers and fellow doctoral students at a conference that affords lots of opportunities for personal interactions
Combine work with pleasure!
• Last but not the least—visit and travel within India!
• June is an ideal time to visit Bangalore with temperatures in the mid-70s and low 80s
• Sightseeing opportunities abound, particularly in the southern parts of India during June
• Referral to travel agent for planning sightseeing trips in India

IMPORTANT DATES for Doctoral Consortium
Paper submission: February 28, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2017
Camera-ready extended abstracts (2 pages): April 05, 2017
Date of the Doctoral Consortium: June 21, 2017

A PDF version of the flyer for the Doctoral Consortium can be found here. Please feel free to distribute it.

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
Benoit Aubert (
Genevieve Bassellier (
Deepa Mani (