Joint ERCIS Master Seminar Proposal

This document provides you as partner with an overview of the seminar setting. Please feel free to criticize or change.

Seminar outline

Each group of students will be provided with one global challenge (e.g., energy, global warming, peace) as defined by the website and will be asked to write a research paper essentially on how IS can contribute to this challenge. Each group consists of students from three different institutions. The students addressed should be, if possible, interested in a later academic career. This should ensure that they have sufficient motivation to join the seminar and, to a certain degree, guarantee the quality of the paper.

The seminar will be accompanied by at least one supervisor per institution, responsible for the institution’s students, meeting them once a week. Furthermore, the supervisors are responsible for one or more challenges, serving as contact partner for the respective group.

In brief: The students’ tasks

Organize themselves in terms of means for cooperation

Write a paper (~ 20 pages font size 10-12 points, 1,5 line spacing)

Document their experiences

Present the paper

In brief: The supervisors’ task

Supervise the students from the home institution through weekly meetings

Supervise the group of at least one challenge through meetings on demand

Benefits and learning goals for the students

Self-organization in an international team

First experiences in scientific publishing

First experiences in presenting and discussing scientific findings

Reflection on themselves, their group and their work

Possibly first publication

Benefits for us

Contact to promising future PhD students

Related Work for Grand Challenges

Good basis for publications from the seminar papers

Structure of the paper

We recommend the following structure of the paper:

Introduction: Relevance of the specific global challenge (1-2 pages)

Literature review on IS contributing to the challenge (10 pages)

oTables in the appendix

Discussion on results:

oWhat can we learn from the literature review? (2 pages)

Are there further ideas how to contribute

oResearch Agenda for this challenge (3-4 pages)

Conclusion (1-2)

Participating Institutions

University of Liechtenstein, Jan (15 participants)

University of Münster, Jörg (7)

Bordeaux Management School, Tatiana ()

University of Gdansk, Stanislaw ()

Università Cattolica der Sacro Cuore, Marco (2)



Decentralized preparation phase

2011-10-07 – 2011-10-15


Virtual Kick-off



Paper writing (with weekly meetings locally)

2011-10-15 – 2011-11-08


First submission of the paper one week prior
to the midterm presentation



Midterm feedback, students present their paper
in a virtual conference



Revising the paper

2011-11-15 – 2011-12-09


Final Submission



Final Presentation, Liechtenstein –
who’s there is there, others virtually

2011-12-15 – 2011-12-16

Detailed explanation

1.The seminar starts with decentralized kick-off meetings at each home institution. Students will be explained what is expected (presentation of the seminar idea, the challenge idea, etc.). We build groups of students in advance and assign a challenge to each group. Each group consists of three students from different Universities. After the local kick-off, students will be sent an email, informing them about their group partners and topic. They will be asked to a) get in contact with each other, and b) clarify their means of communication, and get familiar with the topic. We don’t give any advice on this, it’s their decision. The only thing we expect them to use is dropbox for their related work.

2.At the first virtual kick-off, each group is asked to briefly present their idea up to this point (5 Minutes). Not all group members need to attend online, however we recommend them to be. Within the whole process, we make it the responsibility of the students to organize themselves and to guarantee a high quality paper. The online meetings will be held via Adobe Connect, provided by the University of Liechtenstein.

3.Besides writing the paper, as a didactic component, we ask the students to write a weekly blog on their collaborative experience. It is intended to keep the blog confidential and to hand it in for further analysis to the supervisors. The supervisors have to guarantee confidentiality. The blog may contain, e.g., expectations prior to virtual meetings as well as experiences after such meetings. The blog serves as a basis for individual lessons learned for the students.

4.The students submit their up-to-date version of the paper to the ones responsible for the respective challenge.

5.The students present their paper to all stakeholders in a virtual conference, ten minutes each. The issue will be discussed by all supervisors.

6.The students have the chance to revise and complete their paper.

7.The students submit their final version of the paper to the ones responsible for the respective challenge.

8.The final presentation will take place in Liechtenstein. Each group has, in the style of all major conferences, between 20-25 minutes time for presentation and 5-10 minutes of discussion. At the end, each group will get detailed feedback on their paper and can discuss their communication experiences with the supervisors.