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There will be the two following panel discussions at WI 2017. Both panels will be in German.

Digital ist anders! Wie muss sich die Unternehmens-IT im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung aufstellen?

Wednesday, February 15th 2017 - 11:00-12:30, Audimax

  • Prof. Dr. Frederik Ahlemann, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Brenner, Universität St. Gallen
  • Dr. Benedikt Martens, thyssenkrupp Materials Services GmbH
  • Dipl. Ing. Thomas Schott, Schott & Geiger Consulting GmbH
  • Diskussionsleitung: Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach, Universität Bayreuth

Digitale Transformation: Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen? Zum Verhältnis von Informationsmanagement und Digitalisierung

Monday, February 13th 2017 - 15:30-17:00 Uhr, Audimax
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Benlian, TU Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess, LMU München
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, TU München
  • Hon.-Prof. Dr. Hermann Sikora, Raiffeisen Software GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Stelzer, TU Ilmenau
  • Diskussionsleitung: Prof. Dr. René Riedl, FH Oberösterreich und Universität Linz

Panels afford the opportunity to controversially discuss ground-breaking topics and ideas in the IS community. The panel should engage the audience and the included experts in a discussion that will stimulate interaction and enhance the learning experience. The goal is to move the topic forward to a greater understanding and application within the given ninety minutes. Panel topics are varied, but generally pertain to controversial research questions, new research challenges, or changes to the status quo of the discipline. Panels related to the conference theme “Towards Thought Leadership in Digital Transformations” are especially welcome. We encourage proposals that challenge the traditional panel format and include innovative and inspirational elements to stimulate interaction and enhance the learning experience.

Important Dates

Submission of proposals: 26.08.2016
Notice of acceptance: 17.10.2016
Submission per email to:

Panel Committee


Professor Abraham Bernstein, Ph.D.
University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Jens Dibbern
University of Bern
Prof. Dr. Martin Spann
LMU Munich

Required Elements of Panel Proposals

A panel proposal should include the following six sections:

  1. Introduction: General description of the panel or issues to be discussed or debated stating the reason for the panel.
  2. Challenges: Challenges, issues or dilemmas that will be discussed.
  3. Panelists: Names and positions of those who will take varied viewpoints. For debates, identification of proponents and opponents and the moderator.
  4. Panel structure: Description of session schedule and the format of interaction among participants and with the audience.
  5. Participation statement: A statement that all participants have made a commitment to attend the conference and serve on the panel of the panel is accepted.
  6. Biographies: A brief description of each participant’s background, including expertise related to the topic and views of the issues.
In the panel description emphasis should be placed on the second section “Challenges”.

Review Criteria

  • Panel topic:Topic is novel, leading edge and invites debate and discussion. It relates to the conference theme.
  • Panel format: Panel focuses on discussion and not the presentation of research results; format is innovative and involves the audience.
  • Panelists: : Panelists are leaders and/or well-published in the panel topic area and represent a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and geographic regions.
  • Implications: : The outcome of the panel has likely implications for practice or conduct of research in information systems.
  • Panel interest: The panel seems likely to draw a wide audience.

Panel Proposal Page Limit Requirements

The panel proposal must not exceed four (4) single-spaced pages and must conform the templates for track-submissions. The four page count must include all text, figures, tables and appendices. Abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Proposers may attach a video clip or similar to their submission to illustrate the intended format.