AMCIS 2017 provides the opportunity for attendees to explore a topic or focus of interest in a discussion panel format. We especially invite panels that address the AMCIS 2017 theme, “A Tradition of Innovation”. Panels typically involve a moderator (who poses several questions related to the topic), three to four knowledgeable contributors with alternative views or perspectives on the topic, and time for attendee discussion. Depending on the topic, the contributors can be from the academy and/or from industry. Submissions related to the conference theme (“A Tradition of Innovation”), or other relevant topics of interest to AMCIS attendees, will be considered.


  • April 3, 2017: Last day to submit proposal
  • April 30, 2017: Notification of acceptance


The complete panel proposal should be no more than three pages. It should contain the topic title and include the following sections:

  • Abstract, providing and overview of the proposed panel
  • Description of the panel objectives (e.g., to disseminate new points of view, to foster a debate, to introduce a new area of exploration). This section should include one or two representative questions that each of the panelists would answer.
  • Description of the overall approach. This should specify the panel layout (how the moderator and panelists will address the topic (e.g., questions from the moderator, position statements followed by interactions among the panelists), and the time allocation given to the panel discussants and Q&A from the floor.
  • Statement of why the panel is important to present at AMCIS 2017
  • List of proposed panelists including a short bio of each that emphasizes why the panelist is well qualified to serve as a moderator or panelist. Panelists will need to be confirmed prior to the final selection of the panels.
  • List of any equipment needs (projector, computer, and/or Internet access).



Harry Zhu
University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Vance Wilson
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Submission Instructions


  • Download the Panel Template
  • Follow template instructions to provide as complete an overview as possible of your proposed panel; this document should be formatted following template guidelines as Panel overviews are included in conference proceedings
  • Before end of April 3, 2017, submit your formatted Panel overview as an email attachment addressed to the co-chairs ( and
  • Receipt of your proposal will be confirmed within 24 hours, and you will be notified regarding acceptance of your proposal by April 30,2017