Qualitative Paper Development Symposium

We are inviting early career academics and PhD students working on qualitative papers to participate in this three-day symposium and engage in “sprint writing” aiming to develop their papers, under mentorship of leading IS qualitative scholars, for submission to a top IS journal.

Workshop mentors

Guest mentors

University of Auckland mentors


Monday 20 May - Wednesday 22 May 2019


The University of Auckland Business School
Sir Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road, Auckland, 1010


While in the last 15 years more qualitative papers have been published in the IS Senior Scholar Basket of journals, publishing qualitative studies remains challenging. In particular, early-career academics often struggle to publish their qualitative papers in top IS journals.

This workshop is designed to help early career academics and PhD students working on qualitative papers relating to technology and organization studies across the IS, strategy and organization behaviour domains, to develop their journal articles to a stage where they can submit to a top IS journal. Early career researchers and PhD students that are in the final stages of their PhD (i.e., already collected and analyzed their data) will be in best position to benefit from this Workshop.

The team of five mentors was put together based on their extensive experience publishing qualitative articles is the top IS journals, as well as serving in editorial roles in top IS journals.

Symposium format

We intend to run this Symposium as a three-day event between 20-22 May 2019 during which participants will take part in interactive sessions, discussions and “sprint” writing sessions facilitated by the mentors. These three days are planned to allow enough time for feedback, discussions, and actual writing, as well as informal interactions with the mentors.

Before the workshop:

Interested participants are expected to submit a paper to be allocated to a mentor who will review and provide feedback. In addition, each participant will review and provide feedback for two papers within their “working group”.

During the event:

Participants will be working in small groups based on topic proximity guided by a mentor. There will be three points of feedback: at the beginning of the event based on the submitted paper, after 2 days, and after the event. Participants will need to make significant progress during the Workshop as part of the time will be allocated to writing and further refinement of ideas (we coined this approach “sprint writing”).

There will be two formal plenary sessions, one at the opening, and one as the event comes to an end. The rest of the time, the participants will be closely working with mentors on improving ideas and re-writing their papers. In-between “sprint writing” sessions, mentors will run interactive “clinics” within their working groups that will be dedicated to specific issues identified during the process of writing and relevant to all/most group members. During the afternoon coffee break, mentors will discuss issues that their groups are facing and agree whether or not a plenary cross-group “clinic” is needed at the end of the day.

We will hold one social dinner to facilitate interactions between all participants and the mentors (in particular with mentors from other work group).

Admission criteria

To ensure that participants are fully committed and are able to make significant progress during the Workshop in preparing their paper for a journal submission, we will be looking for the following:

  1. A draft of the paper, at least 70% complete (i.e. some sections may be more developed then others but overall 70% of the paper is written) to be submitted by April 25th 2019. 
  2. In addition to the draft of the paper, we are requesting applicants to provide a short letter explaining what journal (s)he is targeting with this paper, and the main challenges that they face with regard to the current version. If the paper was previously submitted to a conference (for example, International Conference on Information Systems), please include in your submission the review packet from the conference.

Fees and registration

PhD students: NZD$450
Academics: NZD$700

Please register for the symposium using the link below.


Auckland offers various types of accommodations at a range of budgets including hotels, hostels, AirBnB etc. It is highly recommended to book accommodation well in advance.

The workshop will take place just before the 2019 International Conference on Information Resources Management (IRM) to be held in Auckland during May 27-29, 2019. Given that this is an AIS affiliated conference, interested workshop participants may consider submitting papers and/or attending the conference, which may be a good way to ensure funding from their institution to travel to Auckland, NZ.


For any questions regarding this symposium, please contact:

Julia Kotlarsky
Symposium Organiser
Email: j.kotlarsky@auckland.ac.nz
Phone:+64 9 923 3305