New Best Paper Award on Information Systems, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship from the Kauffman Foundation

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Kauffman Foundation the Association for Information Systems is pleased to announce two new annual awards for promising research by emerging scholars studying information systems, innovation and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the award program is to identify innovative research about information systems that are relevant to the context of entrepreneurship. Research that has direct practical implications and that addresses pressing economic and/or social problems are especially appropriate for this award. Submissions can come from any track. All relevant papers accepted for ICIS 2019 will be considered for this recognition (no separate application is required).

The best paper award recipient receives a $1,500 award and recognition at the ICIS annual conference in December.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health IT/healthcare ecosystem
  • Information/digital infrastructure and innovation ecosystems
  • Innovation platform and ecosystem
  • Internet of things ecosystem
  • IS-enabled innovation ecosystems in the public sector
  • IT/IS and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Participation in innovation ecosystems
  • Product innovation ecosystem
  • Social innovation ecosystem
  • Theory of digital innovation ecosystem
  • Artificial intelligence ecosystem
  • Community innovation, cloud computing, blockchain ecosystem
  • Digital business, digital innovation, drone, ecosystem
  • Automation and augmentation of work
  • Meaning of work in digital workplaces
  • Management of work and workers in a digitized work environment
  • New forms of technology-enabled work arrangements
  • Emerging new careers and patterns of careers
  • Digitalization and job mobility
  • Digitalization and the future of occupations
  • New practices and forms of leadership in digital workplaces
  • Digital innovation
  • Digital entrepreneurship
  • New ventures creation
  • Digitizing of Innovation Processes
  • Digital innovation management
  • Data-driven business models
  • Platform innovation
  • Entrepreneurial activity in digital ecosystems
  • Societal implications of digital innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Mass-Scale Innovation Collaboration


  1. Papers must be accepted ICIS 2019 submissions
  2. Topic areas must be connected to the domain of entrepreneurship
  3. Applicants must indicate in their submissions form that their paper submission is eligible for consideration for the Kauffman Award.
  4. Applicants must have no current existing financial relationship (i.e., grants, contracts) with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


The awards committee will evaluate a set of papers that are nominated by program track chairs and program chairs. The best paper will be selected based on importance of the topic to the:

  • Relevance and importance of the topic to the study of information systems and innovation topics related to entrepreneurship
  • Scholarly contribution to the state of existing knowledge
  • Relevance to practice