Junior Faculty Workshop

The Tenure-Track Journey: Striking Balances

About the Workshop

When:       December 15, 2019, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where:      Room 14a ICM (main conference venue) in Munich, Germany

This one-day event is designed specifically for junior faculty to be oriented and prepared for the opportunities and challenges ahead. Spend a day with a group of distinguished scholars, mid-career faculty who have gone through the tenure process more recently, as well as peer colleagues in order to get advice and share experiences. In particular, the overarching goals of the workshop are to provide you, junior faculty, with advice on how to plan and manage your tenure process and future career, and to offer a platform for discussion and networking.

The workshop will address various topics and related choices that you have to make on your tenure-track journey, including publication and networking strategies, tenure preparation and career planning, work-life balance, managing co-authorships, etc. The workshop format will be very interactive in order to make the day fruitful and enjoyable for you.


Namjae Cho
Hanyang University

Hanne Westh Nicolajsen
IT University Copenhagen

Martin Wiener
Bentley University

Workshop Application

Application deadline: September 15, 2019

Workshop eligibility:

  1. All IS junior faculty members in their first four years in an academic position (including post-docs) are eligible to apply.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who have not attended a prior ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium/Workshop.

Workshop fee:
There will be a fee covering lunch and participation.

Application process:

To apply for the workshop, please send an email to Hanne Westh Nicolajsen (hwni@itu.dk), Namjae Cho (njcho@hanyang.ac.kr), and Martin Wiener (mwiener@bentley.edu) with the subject title “ICIS 2019 JFW application” along with the following information by September 15, 2019:

  1. Year of PhD graduation
  2. Current position/university
  3. Have you attended a prior ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium/Workshop?
  4. Brief description of research interests (up to 200 words)

Faculty Mentors

Margunn Aanestad
University of Agder & University of Oslo

Be committed to life-long learning.

Alexander Benlian
TU Darmstadt

Be passionate about the research topics you pick and your dedication will bring you not only success but also self-fulfillment.

Kyung Jin Cha
Kangwon National University

Great ideas come from networks not from books.

Jens Dibbern
University of Bern

Identify your personal values and stick with them.

James Gaskin
Brigham Young University

Spend your energy on work that you are passionate about; but also try to find or create passion in whatever else needs to be done.

Carol Hsu
Tongji University Shanghai

Work on research topics that you love, and never underestimate the importance of community services.

Ke-Wei Huang
National University of Singapore

Research on what you love, network and collaborate in that community, and become a world-class expert in that field.

Ming-Hui Huang
National Taiwan University

Do what you want to do. If you don’t make tenure, it is not the right place for you. Go somewhere where what you do is appreciated.

Hope Koch
Baylor University

Always have hope; hope recognizes the challenges and finds ways around them.

Magnus Mähring
Stockholm School of Economics

Make sure you are sufficiently strategic to be able to keep doing what you are passionate about.

M. Lynne Markus
Bentley University

Learn when and how to say no.

Oliver Müller
Paderborn University

Follow your interests and passion, not editors and rankings.

John Stouby Persson
Aalborg University

When offered an interesting task in research, teaching, or administration consider saying no carefully – and commit fully when you do say yes; nonetheless, even an interesting task does not easily and in itself afford you with happiness and meaning – these need your dedicated pursuit.

Ulrich Remus
University of Innsbruck

Do impactful, meaningful research, be passionate about what you do and don’t forget to have fun!

Alexander Richter
Victoria University of Wellington

Don’t try copy others. Be the academic you want to be. Do the research you care about. Now.

Knut Rolland
University of Oslo

Get engaged with practitioners, industry, students, and policy makers to increase the relevance of your research.

Carol Saunders
University of South Florida

When you commit to doing something, give it your best; BUT don’t commit to doing it unless you find it interesting or of value, and you can devote the time and energy to doing it well.

Helana Scheepers
Swinburne University

Develop a balance between all the aspects of your life – work, family, research, and teaching. 

Arisa Shollo
Copenhagen Business School

Be curious, be passionate, be kind and learn how to say “no” early in your career.

Susanne Strahringer
TU Dresden

While living up to expectations be true to yourself.

Tuure Tuunanen
University of Jyväskylä

Conference papers do not buy you coffee, but journal papers do.

Nils Urbach
University of Bayreuth

Follow your curiosity, find out what you are really good at, and be passionate and dedicated in what you do.

Workshop Schedule

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
·        Participants and mentors are preassigned to different round tables
9:00 am – 10:00 am Official Start: Welcome & Introduction
·        (15 min) Aim of the day & Ask-it-basket
·        (45 min) Introduction of participants (icebreaker) & mentors
10:00 am – 10:30 am Round Table: Career Planning & Networking
·        (30 min) Mentors present insights on their academic careers
10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking Coffee Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Round Table: Career Planning & Networking (cont.)
·        (30 min) Discussions based on junior faculty experiences and questions
·        (30 min) Plenum presentations of three conclusions/insights
·        (15 min) Mentors respond to conclusions/insights
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Keynote: We Too! Making Our Way to a Leadership Role in the Academy and Society
M. Lynne Markus
·        (45 min) Keynote speech
·        (30 min) Discussion, Q&A
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Networking Coffee Break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Panel: Can Early-Career Scholars Conduct Impactful Research?
·        (30 min) Short presentations
·        (30 min) Discussion, Q&A


(i) Podsakoff, P. M., Podsakoff, N. P., Mishra, P., & Escue, C. (2018) “Can Early-Career Scholars Conduct Impactful Research? Playing ‘Small Ball’ Versus ‘Swinging for the Fences’,” Academy of Management Learning & Education, 17(4), 496-531.

(ii) Wiener, M., Saunders, C., Chatterjee, S., Dennis, A. R., Gregor, S., Mähring, M., & Mertens, P. (2018) “Information Systems Research: Making an Impact in a Publish-or-Perish World,” Communications of the AIS, 43(1), 26.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Mini-Workshop: What to Do on “Monday” to Implement Lessons Learned
·        (30 min) Participants draft “their plan” and share it with 2-3 other junior faculty
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Wrap-Up
·        (20 min) Mentors provide answers to ask-it-basket questions
·        (10 min) Workshop conclusion