|Abstract||The Papers published in these proceedings were presented at the 8th Doctoral Consortium of the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering CAISE*2001, taking place in Interlaken, Switzerland on June 4-5, 2001. Starting in 1994, the Doctoral Consortia have been held annually during the CAISE conference, taking place in Utrecht (The Netherlands, 1994), Jyvskyl (Finland, 1995), Heraklion (Greece, 1996), Barcelona (Spain, 1997), Pisa (Italy, 1998), Heidelberg (Germany, 1999) and Stockholm (Sweden 2000).
The Doctoral Consortia on Advanced Information Systems Engineering are intended to bring together PhD students within the information systems engineering field and give them the opportunity to present and to discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. They are accompanied by prominent professors in the field of information systems which provide feedback on the research work presented by doctoral students.
Submissions to Doctoral Consortia are extended abstracts of ongoing Ph.D. research in the field of information systems engineering. For the 8th Doctoral Consortium of CAISE*2001, 10 submissions were accepted and presented at the Workshop. The papers demonstrate a variety of research approaches and research topics, covering research on Internet systems, cooperative and distributed information systems, modeling methods, and semistratured data. and During the workshop, each paper was introduced by a 20 minute presentation, followed by a 25 minute discussion of thesis topics, research methods and research limitations.
Furthermore, the 8th Doctoral Consortium was rounded off by a discussion of general questions related to Ph.D. research. They included guidelines for presentations, guidelines for working on a Ph.D. thesis, a discussion about research methodologies, and a comparison of the differences in Ph.D. study and research work in different countries.
Special thanks are due to the accompanying professors of the 8th Doctoral Consortium: Klaus R. Dittrich (University of Zurich, Swiss), Barbara Pernici (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Colette Rolland (Université Paris1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France), and Yair Wand (Commerce University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada). The Doctoral Consortium would not have been possible without their valuable contributions. Furthermore, we thank all the participants for their great interest and effort displayed both in preparation and presentation of their own work, as well as in the discussion of the contribution of others. Finally, we sincerely thank the organizing committee and local organizers of the CAISE*2001 conference for their continuous support to preparing the Doctoral Consortium.