AOM OCIS Doctoral Consortium 2006 Agenda

Hi all, here’s the agenda from last year’s (2006) DC. Things can be different this year but at least this gives you some ideas about what to expect.

To answer Goel question, I’d say be as prepared as you can to describe your dissertation proposal in 5 minutes, and bring as many discussion questions as you can. I think we had only 5-7 minutes to present to our small groups around the table (no projector –  letter-size printout on stock paper worked the best) so a focused/polished elevator speech will get you the best chance to receive useful feedback. Your group members can better help you if you could bring specific questions that they can help you with.

I was told ahead of time who was in my group. If I could do it again, I would email the group specific questions (e.g., X please focus your critique on introduction; Y please review my survey instrument carefully) before the consortium so they can provide more focused feedback when they review my proposal.

This is just for the “Student Dissertation Discussion Groups” part. For the rest of the consortium, just relax and have fun!

Congratulations again to those accepted to the DC!


OCIS Doctoral Consortium 2006 — Atlanta, Georgia

August 11-12, 2006

Marriott Marquis – Imperial Consulate, Convention Level





Friday, August 11


6:00 – 7:00 PM            Welcome and Icebreaker


7:00 – 8:00 PM            Faculty Panel on “Dissertation Challenges”

                                    (Panel Chair:  Michael O’Leary)


·         Finding the right topic/methodology

·         Forming a committee

·         Finishing the dissertation

·         Turning you dissertation into papers


8:30 PM                       Dinner at Ray’s in the City at 240 Peachtree Street, N.E.



Saturday, August 12


9:00 – 12:00 PM          Student Dissertation Discussion Groups

Six groups of students, each with a faculty leader, will sit at round tables in the same room (i.e., we don’t have break-out rooms); each student will present an overview of their work with maybe 4-6 slides (printed out); group members are expected to have read the proposals of their peers and be prepared to give feedback; faculty should lead the discussion as they see fit and take breaks as needed.


12:00 – 1:00 PM          Doctoral Consortium participants and Junior Faculty Workshop participants will have lunch together in Marriott Marquis – Marquis

Salon IV, Convention Level


1:00 – 2:00 PM            Faculty Panel on “Publishing in Journals”

                                    (Panel Chair:  Elena Karahanna)


·         Selecting the journal

·         Soliciting feedback

·         Responding to reviewers’ comments

·         Common mistakes


2:00 – 3:00 PM            Faculty Panel on “Reviewing”

                                    (Panel Chair:  Andrea Hollingshead)


·         How to become a reviewer

·         What is a good review

·         Developmental reviewing

·         Why reviewing is important in an academic career

·         Common mistakes


3:00 – 3:30 PM            Break


3:30 – 4:15 PM            Faculty Panel on “Building an Academic Identity/Career”

                                    (Panel Chair:  Gordon Davis)


·         How to think about developing an academic career

·         Value of becoming known for a certain kind of research

·         Building a coherent stream of research

·         Too many streams of research?

·         Focus on academia and/or practice


4:15 – 5:00 PM            Faculty Panel on “Preparing for the Job Interview”

                                    (Panel Chair:  Sia Siew Kien)


·         What to expect from the university’s perspective

·         What faculty look for in a prospective colleague

·         How to interpret silence after an onsite visit

·         How to prepare for an interview


5:00                             Wrap up and join other OCIS members for reception


4 Responses

  1. Hi Rachel,

    This is very helpful. Would you please also mention the kind of activity you had for ice breakers?

    Also, are the groups arranged as per the area of interest and is the faculty member who facilitate the discussion an expert in that area?


  2. Dear Israr,

    Paul Hart designed the best ice breaker! We all had to each submit 2 interesting trivia about ourselves before the meeting (“I almost died swimming with sharks” sort of real scholarly stuff!) Paul then made a bingo out of the trivia. It was so much fun that I decided to use it for teaching (well it was a small class).

    I was under the impression they tried to arrange groups in terms of interest and align the group theme with faculty expertise. But as the field is by definition extremely diverse, interesting variations are inherently guaranteed. For example I was in a mostly MIS group with an OB student whose work fascinated me.

    I hope this helps!

  3. Thats great Rachel… I am excited.

    Just one more question, “how much time you get to read others stuff, i.e. when did your receive the names and material of your group”

  4. Israr — Good question.

    I don’t remember the exact timeframe, but if it works the same way as the last two years you’ll have at least a couple of weeks to review the materials from other participants in your discussion group.

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