Call for Papers

BMW Welt and BMW Museum

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. Its evolution and growth has made our world truly interconnected and has enabled a plethora of innovative technologies, applications, products, and services. The relationships between the resources and actors in creating these innovations can be compared to the interdependent and coevolving species in an ecological system. These “innovation ecosystems” share Information Systems (IS) powered by digital technologies as their roots and as their core. As researchers, we do more than observe innovations, we provide and study the technology-enabled business architectures and innovation processes, amongst others. The theme of ICIS 2019 is to uncover and explore interesting questions that arise at the nexus between IS and innovation ecosystems.

We invite you to submit completed research papers or short papers to ICIS 2019. The conference will include exciting formats such as PDWs, Paper-a-thon, and TREO talks, in addition to 24 tracks covering all areas of IS research. The submission site is at: Please refer to more information about tracks at, submission information and key dates at Additional submission information can be found under the Submission Menu on the ICIS 2019 website.

Conference Chairs
Helmut Krcmar, Technical University of Munich
Jane Fedorowicz, Bentley University

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019
Acceptance Decisions: July 31, 2019
Doctoral Consortium: Dec 13-15, 2019
Pre-conference workshops: Dec 14-15, 2019
Main Conference: Dec 15-18, 2019

Conference Venues
Conference Location: The International Congress Center Munich (ICM)
Social Event Location: Löwenbräukeller

Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria and is a major center for art, culture, innovation, technology, finance and tourism. Apart from being home to major corporations such as BMW, Siemens, and Allianz, Munich with its close networking of industry and academic research is also home to a high number of innovative small and medium sized enterprises. A unique combination of traditional culture and modern innovation will make your visit to Munich and ICIS 2019 truly unforgettable.

Conference Organization
Program Chairs: WaiFong Boh, Jan Marco Leimeister, Sunil Wattal.
Doctoral Consortium Chairs: Richard Baskerville, Martin Bichler, Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic.
Junior Faculty Consortium Chairs: Martin Wiener, Hanne Westh Nicolajsen, Namjae Cho.

Marienplatz, the main central square


  • Information Systems – The Heart of Innovation Ecosystems (conference theme track)
  • The Future of Work
  • Sustainability and Societal Impact of IS
  • Cyber-security, Privacy and Ethics of IS
  • Practice Oriented Research
  • Human Computer / Robot Interactions & Interfaces
  • Design Science Research
  • Analytics and Data Science
  • IS Development and Implementation
  • Business Models and Digital Transformation
  • DLT, Blockchain and Fintech
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Crowds, Social Media and Digital Collaborations
  • Mobile, IoT and Ubiquitous Computing
  • IS in Healthcare
  • Smart Cities and Digital Government
  • Digital Learning Environment and Future IS Curriculum
  • Smart Service Systems and Service Science
  • General Topics
  • IS Research Methods, Theorizing and Philosophy of Science
  • Human Behavior and IS
  • Governance, Strategy and Value of IS
  • Economics of IS
  • Panels
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Paper-a-thon
  • TREO Talks


ICIS 2019 will be providing the following awards:

  1. Best Overall Conference Paper Award
  2. Best Theory Development Paper Award
  3. Most Innovative Short Paper Award
  4. Kauffman Best Paper Award on Information Systems, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  5. Kauffman Best Student Paper Award on Information Systems, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

For awards (1), (2) and (3), the process for determining the awards are described here:

For details of the Kauffman Awards (4) and (5), please refer to details here for the Kauffman Best Paper Award, and for the Kauffman Best Student Paper Award.


How can you write a paper in 24 hours?
The purpose of the Paperathon is to launch new collaborations, not to create a fully developed research paper. Some project teams continue collaborating after ICIS. Other participants gain valuable experience, but do not further develop the project they initiated at the Paperathon.

What are the roles for the Paperathon?
Participants, mentors, sponsoring journal editors, and organizers (track co-chairs).

 What is the commitment for a participant?
To contribute to the project in an open, collaborative manner and to be professional, courteous, and respectful of fellow project team members and other workshop participants.

What is the commitment for a mentor?
Mentors commit to participating in the project initiation meeting with a project team on the first day of the Paperathon. Mentors are highly encouraged to provide continued guidance in the 24-hours after that meeting, including (if feasible) a presentation review session with their project team prior to the “pitch” presentations.

Project teams and mentors may, with mutual consent, continue to collaborate after ICIS but the mentors are under no obligation to co-author a paper with their project team.

I am already working with co-authors on a project, can we develop our paper in the Paperathon?
No. The purpose of the Paperathon is to launch new collaborations, not to continue developing existing ones. 

I have a paper idea I’ve started working on and want to find collaborators. Can the Paperathon help?
Perhaps. We encourage participants to arrive with ideas about potential projects, but there is no guarantee that your group will be interested in the ideas you provide. Before you commit to participating in the Paperathon you should be sure you are open-minded about contributing to new projects with new collaborators.

If I am selected as a participant, can I get a certification of conference participation?
Yes. Ask and we will be happy to provide this.

What process does the Paperathon follow?
The starting point for the Paperathon is each participant completes a short survey about their expertise and interests. For selected participants, the process at ICIS is:

  • You will be grouped into teams by the track chairs based on your expertise and intended contribution
  • You will discuss as a team what each member brings and what some possible projects could be
  • A mentor will choose to work with your team based on these ideas (that you will pitch to the mentors)
  • Your team mentor will help the team decide on a ‘most publishable’ plan (which may or may not align with what you came up with as a team originally)
  • You will work with your mentor to hash out a plan of action, probably including a paper outline and a set of next steps over the next 18 hours
  • You will decide, as an individual, whether you are committed to the plan or if you would prefer to pass on this project (terminating your participation)
  • Those who remain will work as a team in true ‘hack-a-thon’ fashion to pull together a functional paper outline (with placeholders for what you cannot come up with overnight), and a presentation for day 2
  • You will present your work to a panel of judges who will then deliberate to decide which projects (up to three) have sufficient merit to move forward during the conference and to be accepted as proceedings at the conference for presentation during the main conference
  • Teams not selected may still continue their collaboration

What if my paper is selected by the panel?
Each project team will have up to 5 minutes to present their work in front of editors and other senior scholars. The top three finalists receive an automatic “acceptance” in the conference proceedings. After further development of the paper during the conference, these project teams will present on the last day of ICIS and may also be considered for fast-track review for the Journal of AIS.

What if I cannot participate in the full program?
If you sign up for the paperathon, you commit to attending in full — including the last day presentation if the paper is selected by the panel editors.

Can I change group halfway?
No, it is not possible to change to another group once groups are formed and have been appointed a mentor.

What if I get hungry?
To facilitate a focused effort on the project, the workshop room will remain open overnight. There will be refreshments and supplies in the room.

Journal Publication

The AIS Policy on Conference and Journal Publication encourages conference papers to be published in journals. This policy applies to AIS conferences (there are no copyright issues to prevent your AIS conference paper from being published in any journal (AIS or not)), and to AIS journals (there are no restrictions preventing you from submitting your conference paper to an AIS journal). Many non-AIS journals have similar policies, so you can submit your AIS conference paper to them. The policy and list of non-AIS journals with similar policies, is available at the Policy page.

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