The “Professional Development Workshop”-Track is a new track in which we introduce tutorials and other active learning modalities for a variety of topics related to teaching and research. Inspired by the PDWs offered at the Academy of Management, the objective of this track is to facilitate workshop-oriented sessions that actively engage the participants and that develop and update professional skills.

ICIS 2019 will feature the following four PDWs:

Studying and Theorizing Knowledge Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines - Monday 16th December 12:00 - 14:30 (inclusive of lunch)

Organizing knowledge work and workers has been a long-standing theme in information systems research (Bailey et al. 2010; Brown and Duguid 2000; Dougherty and Dunne 2012; Newell et al. 2009; Orlikowski 2002; Schultze 2000). Maintaining a focus on knowledge work is critical insofar as so-called “intelligent” machines, such as deep learning algorithms, are changing the ways through which knowledge is created and shared in organizations and epistemic communities more generally (Faraj et al. 2018). Understanding the consequences of emerging knowledge worker-intelligent machine (KWIM) reconfigurations is of huge practical and theoretical significance (Rai et al. 2019). In this PDW, we are interested in exploring the potential opportunities and challenges for studying and theorizing knowledge work in the age of intelligent machines. We will jointly map the current terrain of knowledge work research; discuss what KWIM reconfigurations IS researchers may need to attend to; explore what alternative theoretical lenses might be useful; and reflect on how to tackle potential methodological challenges in studying KWIM reconfigurations.

PDW Format:
The workshop is intended to be highly interactive. We will kick-off with a short introduction by the organizers and a panel discussion with our facilitators, all of whom are experts in the field of knowledge work:
·       Nicholas Berente, University of Notre Dame USA
·       Panos Constantinides, University of Warwick UK
·       Samer Faraj, McGill University Canada
·       Marleen Huysman, VU Amsterdam The Netherlands
·       Natalia Levina, New York University USA
·       Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, New York University USA

We will continue with round table discussions, facilitated by the aforementioned facilitators, on the following topics:
A. Learning algorithms and the changing nature of knowledge work
B. Automating, Augmenting and Assembling Knowledge Work
C. The politics of KWIM reconfigurations
D. Epistemological and methodological opportunities and challenges

We will continue in a plenary format, in which we will cover debriefing from the round table discussions, a general Q&A, and a discussion on what further steps we can take to advance research on knowledge work in the era of intelligent machines.

Registration details:
The PDW is free of charge. However, to ensure PDW discussions are engaging there is a limited  number of spaces. Therefore, participants need to pre-register using this link by November 15th 2019.

The workshop organizers are looking forward to welcoming you in Munich.
Manos Gkeredakis, IESE Business School Spain
Stella Pachidi, University of Cambridge UK
For any questions you may have, please email us at or

At the Crossroads between Digital Innovation and Digital Transformation - Monday, 16 December, 14:30 -18:00

This PDW (Professional Development Workshop) session engages the workshop attendees to debate and get feedback on their own research on topics at the crossroads between digital innovation and transformation. In particular, the PDW is aimed at examining the transformation processes and mechanisms involved in digital innovation and shedding more light on what is unique about the novel phenomenon of digital transformation – compared to IT function-driven and enterprise systems-enabled organizational transformations of the past – across multiple levels of analysis, including individual, organization, and society. Studying the interrelation between digital innovation and digital transformation is pertinent, since successive waves of digital innovation within an industry or at the level of an individual firm and its ecosystem may lead up to fundamental transformation of structures, roles and management (Tumbas et al. 2018), culture, competencies and skills, and so forth, depending on the influence of barriers such as inertia and resistance to change (Vial 2019). New phenomena, such as the democratization of innovation processes (Huang et al. 2017) and consumerization (Gregory et al. 2018), put large established firms under significant pressure to transform their legacy systems and organizational structures, and reinvent their models and approaches to value creation and capture (Bharadwaj et al. 2013; Sebastian et al. 2017). Thus, expanding the research agenda on digital innovation to focus as well on digital transformation has recently been identified as a key concern for the information systems field (Hinings et al. 2018; Vial 2019). To address this topic, this PDW is organized to attract scholars with interest in exploring and debating the interrelated domains of digital innovation and transformation.

The Professional Development Workshop will consist of two parts.
In the first part of the workshop, there will be three short keynote presentations. I
·       Ola Henfridsson will provide an introduction and overview over research on digital innovation.
·       Nicholas Berente will provide an introduction and overview over research on digital transformation.
·       Andrew Burton-Jones will focus on the methodological and theoretical challenges in conducting research on digital innovation and/or digital transformation.

The second part of the workshop will feature round-table discussions. Up to four participants who are at a similar stage in their research projects and have common research interests will gather in small groups. Each group will be facilitated by a scholar with experience in conducting and publishing studies in digital innovation and transformation as well as significant experience with reviewing, editing, and mentoring. The Facilitators are:
·       Michael Barrett, Stockholm School of Economics
·       Sabine Brunswicker, Queensland University of Technology
·       Yolande E. Chan, Queen’s Unviersity
·       Jonny Holmström, Umeå University
·       Evgeny Káganer, IESE Business School
·       Gerald Kane (Jerry), Boston College
·       Sia Siew Kien, Nanyang Technological University
·       Magnus Mähring, Stockholm School of Economics
·       Gabriele Piccoli, Louisiana State University
·       Molly Wasko, University of Alabama at Birmingham
·       Ryan Wright, University of Virginia
·       Youngjin Yoo, Case Western Reserve University

Submission Details: To participate in the Professional Development Workshop interested participants are requested to submit a short paper draft describing their research projects which should include (1) title, (2) an abstract of their research idea of (max. 150 words), (3) up to five keywords, (4) an extended introduction including a short theoretical part, (5) the status of their data collection and current project phase, (6) potential contributions, (7) two concrete questions for the round table discussions. All applications have to be submitted in one file (.doc; .docx; or .pdf format) to<> before the application deadline and should not exceed 5 pages in total (including references, tables, etc.). Application deadline for the workshop is October 31st 2019.

Submitted short paper drafts will be peer reviewed by the PDW organizers and decisions about acceptance will be communicated until November 15th. Accepted participants will be notified about their group allocation and will receive the short papers of their group members for review and preparation. Each accepted participant will be asked to prepare a short review of the other papers accepted in the same group and submit these reviews to the organizers by December 6th. In addition, participants will have access to all other short papers allocated to different groups.

The Workshop Organizers are looking forward to your submission and to welcome you in Munich:

  • Robert W. Gregory, University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce
  • Heinz-Theo Wagner, German Graduate School of Management and Law
  • Sanja Tumbas, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
  • Katharina Drechsler, German Graduate School of Management and Law

The Future of Digital Entrepreneurship Research: Existing and Emerging Opportunities – Tuesday, 17 December, 8:30-10 am


Digital entrepreneurship—the intersection of digital technologies and entrepreneurship—is gaining increasing importance in the global economy and scholarly community. In alignment with the newly formed AIS Special Interest Group on Digital Innovation, Transformation and Entrepreneurship (SIGDITE), this PDW sets out to establish a community platform with a coherent understanding among information systems researchers of how they can shape the future of digital entrepreneurship research within and beyond the discipline’s boundaries.

The PDW will start with a panel discussion among digital entrepreneurship experts on the characteristics of three broad subthemes in digital entrepreneurship research—the role of digital technologies as enablers, outcomes, and contexts of venture creation. The panel members are:

  • Sirkka Jarvenpaa (McCombs School of Business)
  • Youngjin Yoo (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Lisen Selander (University of Gothenburg)
  • Philip Hukal (Copenhagen Business School)

The panel discussion will be followed by a roundtable-based research opportunity development workshop with all participants. Assisted by the organizers and panel members, workshop participants will form roundtable groups to identify research opportunities for future digital entrepreneurship research and to discuss research designs that could address them. The outcomes will be consolidated in a joint report that clarifies conceptual vocabulary and sets a research agenda with clear strategic directions.

We, the PDW organizers, are looking forward to hopefully seeing you in Munich in December.

Jan Recker, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Frederik von Briel, UQ Business School, Brisbane, Australia

Designing Experimental Studies - Wednesday, 18. December, 8:30 - 11:30


In the last years, experiments became more and more widely applied – be it in academic research or A/B testing in companies. This PDW (Professional Development Workshop) aims to expand the methodological tool kit of researchers with no or very basic training in experimental methods. Participants will learn how experiments can complement other research strategies and why they are an important part of the methods ecosystem. The workshop introduces the essentials of understanding and planning state-of-the-art experimental research both in the laboratory and the field. Advantages and disadvantages of different experimental designs as well as common pitfalls and challenges will be covered extensively. The practical application of the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop will be the main goal. Hence, during several interactive segments, participants will have the opportunity to go through the process of designing an experiment step-by-step and to discuss questions that arise along the way.


The workshop consists of eleven segments covering the following topics:

  1. Introduction
  2. Experimental vs. Observational Studies
  3. Essential Elements of Experiments
  4. Experimental Manipulation
  5. Control of Extraneous Variables
  6. Random Assignment
  7. Experimental Designs
  8. External and Ecological Validity
  9. Ethical Considerations
  10. Data-Analytic Methods
  11. Summary & Goodbye

Approximately every 30 minutes there will be an interactive segment. Participants will form small groups and directly apply their acquired knowledge by designing an experiment step-by-step. At the end of the workshop, a round of “speed-feedbacking” will give participants the opportunity to fine-tune their experimental designs as well as to practice their skills to evaluate experimental studies.

Submission Details:

To participate in the Professional Development Workshop interested participants are requested to sign up. Please write an email to and provide the following information: Name, Institution, Research Interests, Level of Experience with Experimental Research, Main Motivation to Participate in the Workshop.

Moreover, before attending the workshop all participants are requested to think about a hypothesis they would like to test using an experiment.

The Workshop Organizers are looking forward to your participation and to welcome you in Munich:

  • Fenne große Deters, University of Potsdam/Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society
  • Stefan Tams, HEC Montréal
  • Allen C. Johnston, Culverhouse College of Business/University of Alabama
  • Jason B. Thatcher, Culverhouse College of Business/University of Alabama