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28 October 2015

The use of theory and theorising for 4* journal articles

Presented By Professor Michael Myers
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm

About this event

Registration for our second IS/IM mid-career workshop 'The use of theory and theorising for 4* journal articles' led by Visiting Professor and member of CIM, Professor Michael Myers, is now open. Professor Myers will be leading the workshop on getting published in IS and IM publications. This is not a free event, and spaces are very limited, so please book your seat early.

The workshop will take place on 28 October, 10.30am - 3.30pm at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.


In this workshop Michael will discuss the challenges of getting published in the top academic journals. Since most top journals in information systems (and many other fields) require a good contribution to theory, Michael will focus mostly on the use of theory in academic papers. He will provide examples of papers published in MIS Quarterly, focusing particularly on how they made a theoretical contribution. He will also discuss the nature of scientific research, theory and theorising.

Note: Once you have registered for the workshop (see below), you will be provided with a link for the pre-workshop reading.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions that you wish to raise with us prior to the workshop, please do so: Dr Crispin Coombs on C.R.Coombs@lboro.ac.uk.


Registration and tea/coffee

Welcome and introductions: Dr Crispin Coombs

Getting Published: Prof Michael Myers

Using theory in papers: Prof Michael Myers


Scientific Research, Theory and Theorising: Prof Michael Myers

Reflections on the day, next workshop details: Dr Crispin Coombs



Registration for the workshop costs £49 which includes pre-workshop reading, lunch and tea/coffee throughout the day.

Please follow the link below to register online:


Once you have registered by using the link above, you will be sent a recommended pre-workshop reading list by Professor Myers.

About the Facilitator

Michael D. Myers is Professor of Information Systems and Head of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.

His papers have appeared in a wide range of journals, including Business and Information Systems EngineeringCommunications of the ACMCommunications of the AISEthics and BehaviorEuropean Journal of Information SystemsInformation and ManagementInformation and OrganizationInformation Systems JournalInformation Systems ResearchInformation Technology and PeopleJournal of Information TechnologyJournal of Management Information SystemsJournal of Strategic Information Systems and MIS Quarterly.

He won the Best Paper award (with Heinz Klein) for the most outstanding paper published in MIS Quarterly in 1999. This paper has been cited over 3800 times. He also won the Best Paper Award (with Lynda Harvey) for the best paper published inInformation Technology & People in 1997 and the Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Paper Award (with Michelle Soakell) for the most outstanding paper published in VINE in 2011.

On the MIS Quarterly website at www.misq.org Michael is listed as one of the most prolific authors in MISQ and also listed as having one of the most cited articles in MISQ (Klein and Myers, 1999).

Michael previously served as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly from 2001-2005 and as Senior Editor of Information Systems Research from 2008-2010. He is currently a Senior Editor of Information and Organization and Pacific Asia Journal of the AIS. He is also an Associate Editor of European Journal of Information Systems. He served as President of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in 2006-2007 and as Chair of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2 from 2006-2008. Michael is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.

Pre-workshop recommended reading

  • Corley, K. G., and Gioia, D. a. 2011. Building Theory About Theory Building: What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution? Academy of Management Review 36(1) 12–32.
  • Gregor, S. 2006. "The Nature of Theory in Information Systems," MIS Quarterly (30:3), 611-642.
  • Lin, C. I., Kuo, F.-Y., and Myers, M. D. 2015. Extending ICT4D Studies: The Value of Critical Research. MIS Quarterly 39(3) 697–712.
  • Walsham, G. 2002. Cross-Cultural Software Production and Use: A Structurational Analysis. MIS Quarterly 26(3) 359–380.
  • Whetten, D. A. (1989). What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 490-495.