The role of the doctoral consortium: An information systems signature pedagogy?

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

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The Doctoral Consortium is a well-established, widely endorsed event within the Information Systems (IS) academic discipline, adjunct to mainstream IS conferences (e.g. ICIS, ECIS, PACIS, AMCIS). Anecdotal evidence suggests that PhD student experience of these events is almost universally positive, sometimes referred to as ‘life changing’ or ‘magical’, with strong value perceived by both participating students and scholars. With the aim of extending the experience to more PhD students, doctoral consortia are more recently being run locally, unaffiliated with any conference. Through review of the literature and historical documents and a series of interviews and email exchanges with past co-Chairs, forming the basis for a key informant study across four levels of consortia: International, Regional, National and Local, this article explores the merits of IS doctoral consortia (Consortia). It positions 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, the article seeks to explain related phenomena with a view to improving future consortia. In addition, by appending much historical detail, it seeks to add to the IS discipline’s organisational memory.

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ID Code: 96024
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Doctoral Consortium, Information Systems Discipline, Conferences in Information Systems, Doctoral Studies, Signature Pedagogy, Expert Panel, Professional Project
ISSN: 1529-3181
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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