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African Workshop on Information Systems (2nd Paper Development Workshop)
13 June 2023
13:30 - 17:00
B3 004

We invite scholars (Ph.D. Students and Academics) from Africa or interested in African scholarship to this 2nd paper development workshop. The workshop is targeted at developing IS scholarship on the continent. Specifically, the workshop is a platform for IS scholars in the continent and diaspora to come with their work and get feedback from highly established scholars and journal editors in the field. The focus of the feedback is primarily to give guidance and direction on developing the papers for publication in the top international IS journals and increase the impact and visibility of African scholarship in the IS discipline. The idea is to build a vibrant IS community that stimulates and encourages scholars on the continent to have a voice and contribute to the advancement of IS scholarship within Africa and internationally. Therefore we encourage IS scholars residing in Africa or the diaspora to submit their own papers or papers developed in collaboration with other scholars across the globe.

Target Audience and Expected Attendance

Scholars (preferably scholars residing in Africa but not limited to this group): Ph.D. students, Junior/Senior Lecturers, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors.

Workshop Schedule and Format

Format: The workshop has two parts: a) the first part, we plan panel sessions to foster and encourage community building and the continuity of this initiative. This session is open to any interested participant; b) the second part will feature roundtable discussions of submitted papers with assigned editors and mentors.

The workshop is planned to be a hybrid event to facilitate the participation of those unable to make the trip to Norway. Virtual participation details will be made available in due time.

Submission Instructions: To participate in the second part of the workshop, interested participants are required to submit the work they intend to develop further into a journal article.

  • Submit an extended abstract of the paper for which feedback is sought to (please cc
  • The extended abstract should be a maximum of 5-pages single-space (excluding references)
  • Include a cover page that indicates a) the Name, b) (African) Affiliation of the Author(s) and c) an indication of in-person or virtual participation.

Submission deadline: April 7th, 2023
Decision on abstracts: April 21st, 2023
In person participation deadline: April 24th, 2023
Virtual participation deadline: May 5th, 2023

Funding Opportunities: Discussions are ongoing to source funding to support participation in the workshop and ECIS for up to 10 African scholars who may have financial challenges.

Plan for Publications

The goal is to start a conversation with the editors on how the authors mentored during the workshop can develop their papers into articles that can be considered for publication in leading IS journals.

Editors and Mentors

Amany Elbanna
Alok Gupta
Andrew Burton-Jones
Atta Addo
Brenda Scholtz
Carol Saunders
Dorothy Leidner
Eivor Oborn
Francis Andoh Baidoo
Irwin Brown
Isam Faik
Jason Thatcher
Lemuria Carter
Likoebe Maruping
Lisa Seymour
Margunn Aanestad
Michael Myers
Ojelanki Ngwenyama
Olayinka David-West
Rachida Parks
Robert Davison
Suprateek Sarker
Yolande Chan
Wallace Chigona
Douglas Kunda
Hossana Twinomurinzi

Workshop organizers

Abayomi Baiyere – Associate professor, Queen’s University, Canada and Copenhagen Business School
Emmanuel Ayaburi – Assistant Professor, Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University
John Oredo – Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Lisa Seymour – Professor, CITANDA, University of Cape Town