SIGMIS Early Career Award

The SIGMIS Early Career Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of researchers and educators as they commence their journey pursuing excellence in the MIS discipline. An early career achiever serves as an inspiration to their peers. An Early Career Award nominee must have entered the IS field (i.e. doctoral degree conferral) no more than seven years prior to the date of nomination. They will demonstrate outstanding, influential, and potentially long-standing contributions to the MIS discipline and service to the MIS community. The award is announced annually at the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference.

Call for Nominations for the SIGMIS Early Career Award 2023

A nominator (which may include self-nomination) should submit their nomination to the selection committee chair K.D. Joshi ( by March 31st, 2023. Each nomination should be accompanied by a summary statement about the nominee and a justification for the nomination.
Based on the criteria for the award, the selection committee will select the best candidate(s) among the nominees.
Selection committee members are not eligible for the award.

Previous Awardees of the SIGMIS Early Career Award

2021 – Manuel Wiesche

It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Manuel Wiesche, TU Dortmund University, Germany, is the recipient of the 2021 ACM SIGMIS Early Career Award. The award recognizes the early achievements of young scholars in the field of management information systems. 

Manuel is professor of Digital Transformation at TU Dortmund University. He graduated in Information Systems from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany and holds a doctoral degree in information systems and a habilitation degree in management from TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. His current research experiences and interests include IT workforce, IT project management, digital platform ecosystems, and IT service innovation. His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Communications of the ACM, Information & Management, Electronic Markets and MISQ Executive. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization “Tuer an Tuer Digital Factory”; one of their projects is “Integreat” an application that provides refugees with information they need to settle in the host country. 

Manuel has been an active participant in the SIGMIS CPR Conference.  He has been an author of over ten papers, with a variety of co-authors.  And he served as a Conference Program Chair in 2019.

One of Manuel’s favorite memories of his experiences with the CPR Conference comes from his first CPR conference. That was in 2014 in what he refers to as “beautiful Singapore.”  He recalls, “I was still in the middle of my PhD, had started working on perceptions of software development methods and had not found a good home for my work yet. I did not know anybody and it was pretty intimidating to have a lineup of experts who’s work heavily influenced my ideas walking into my session. I remember Deb, Damien, Eileen… But rather than ripping my work apart, they were really constructive and had great ideas [on] how to continue my work. Overall, the whole event was very nice, I felt very welcome. The only thing I still struggle with is the local de[s]sert which the venue served. The durian fruit was too much for my European nose…”

My recollection is that the reviews of the dessert were mixed, but we all appreciated the beauty of Singapore and Damien’s hospitality.

2020 – Christian Maier

It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Christian Maier, University of Bamberg, Germany, is the recipient of the 2020 ACM SIGMIS Early Career Award. Dr. Maier is the first recipient of this new honor that recognizes the early achievements of young scholars in the field of management information systems. The award will be announced annually at the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference.

Following his studies in Information Systems, Dr. Maier received a three-year doctoral scholarship from the Bavarian Elite Foundation (BayEFG). He successfully completed his doctorate “Technostress: theoretical foundations and empirical evidence” in 2014. His work was awarded, among others, the Schmalenbach Prize 2015. In addition, his research work was nominated for Best Paper Awards (at both ECIS and ICIS) and was awarded the Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper Award of the ACM, among others.

Dr. Maier’s research interests include individual acceptance and use of information technology (IT), technostress, work stress, IT addiction, resistance to new technologies and the IT workforce. His research on these topics has been published in various journals, including nine articles in the AIS Senior Scholar Journal Basket. The AIS ranking service list Dr. Maier among the Top-50 information scholars worldwide according to publications in the AIS Senior Scholar Journal Basket during the last five years. His research is also recognized by various organizations that build on Dr. Maier’s work.

Dr. Maier is also well known for this teaching and service endeavors. He served as program chair for the ACM SIGMIS CPR conference in 2020 and as track chair at various conferences. His teaching activities have been awarded among others with the award for excellent teaching at Bavarian universities provided by the minister of state for research.

Dr. Maier’s achievements in research, teaching and service make him a role model for young scholars and students in the field of management information systems, such that it is our privilege to recognize his achievements with the ACM SIGMIS Early Career Award 2020.