The conference program at AMCIS 2018 will leverage successful elements of past AMCIS conferences, while integrating some new features. The program will include SIG-driven tracks and mini-tracks presenting high-quality papers, workshops, panels, and tutorials. At the program level, the focus will be upon research and SIGs.

As one of the major conferences for AIS, we believe that AMCIS is a venue to encourage: (a) developmental work; (b) emerging/ground-breaking work; and (c) controversial work that is meant to shape research discussions within our field over the next year. We will continue to work with the SIGs to define appropriate tracks, but create new venues as well for high quality research to emerge, including the four innovations:

Rather than constrain poster sessions to one time (i.e. during lunch), we intend to leverage poster sessions to bring additional participation from new attendees. We envision the poster venue as an attainable and attractive submission for purposes of involving new members in the process of submitting, attending and returning to the AMCIS conference. We further recognize that these sessions might also be attractive for researchers willing to take chances with emerging or thought provoking research and will thus encourage such submissions as posters in order to provoke conversations with attendees.


With multiple members of the leadership team being former SIG leaders, we recognize the role that the SIGs have in AMCIS. As a bottom-up driven conference, we seek to integrate the SIGs further in to the development of the program.

  •  Joint SIG sessions: To further build synergies among the SIGs, we propose that the SIGs identify if any research topic synergies exist between two or more of them. These joint SIG sessions in addition to the individual sessions would highlight topics that do not neatly fall under the umbrella of a single SIG.
  • We will encourage SIGs to propose and host panel experiences that are targeted for their constituency, but will allow for an open discussion of research for those areas.
  • We will obtain input from SIG leaders in the design of the main AMCIS program.