|Abstract||The Papers published in these proceedings were presented at the 9th Doctoral Consortium of the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering CAISE*2002, taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 27-28 May 2002. 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), Stockholm (Sweden 2000), and Interlaken (Switzerland 2001).
The Doctoral Consortia on Advanced Information Systems Engineering are intended to bring together Ph.D. students within the information systems en- gineering field and give them the opportunity to present and to discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. They are accompa- nied 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 9th Doctoral Consortium of CAISE*2002, 12 submissions were accepted and presented at the Workshop. The papers demonstrate a variety of research approaches and research topics, covering research onInternet systems, distributed information systems, modelling methods, and decision support.
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 9th Doctoral Consortium was rounded of 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 grant applications, and a comparison of the differences in Ph.D. study and research work in different countries.
Our special thanks go to the accompanying professors of the 9th Doctoral Consortium: Jeffrey Parsons (Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada), Barbara Pernici (Department of Com- puter Science, Politecnico di Milano), Duane Truex (Department of Decision Sciences and Information Systems, Florida International University, USA), and Richard J. Welke (J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State Uni- versity, USA). The Doctoral Consortium would not have been possible without their valuable contributions.
We like to thank the young researchers and participants of last years Doctoral Consortium, they have been involved in the reviewing process, several of them for the first time. 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*2002 conference for their support to preparing the Doctoral Consortium.