Crowdfunding Seminar: Past Research, Future Agendas

Full details and support materials for seminar are at

On June 6, 2013, the TOTO project at University College Cork will host a 90-minute seminar at ECIS 2013 to stimulate discussion among researchers who are actively researching (or even just interested) in the emerging space of crowdfunding (the IT-enabled peer-to-peer financing of business, creative and other endeavours through lending, investment and patronage). The seminar will focus on making sense of the significant literature already published in this space and will work towards an agenda for future research.


  • 15 minute presentation by organizers
  • 30 minutes of small group discussion
  • 45 minutes of full group discussion


The seminar will focus on the following key issues:

  • Defining, conceptualising and bounding crowdfunding phenomena
  • Identifying key phenomenological, methodological and theoretical gaps in the crowdfunding literature
  • Articulating an agenda for future crowdfunding research (What kinds of crowdfunding should the IS community be researching? What kinds of questions should we be asking? What theoretical lenses should we be using? What methods? Etc.)
  • Sharing experiences of doing crowdfunding research, funding/publication strategies, etc.


Although it is not required, participants are strongly encouraged to submit a position statement of up to 500 words on one or more of the issues listed above. Use the ECIS 2013 template and send (as .doc) to by May 27, 2013 to have the statement added to this page for pre-seminar distribution. The statements, along with a summary document emerging from the seminar, will remain online on this site as a record of the event and future resource for researchers.


  • The event will take place on June 6 from 18.30 - 20.00 in Ruppert Room 116, Ruppert building, Leuvenlaan 21, 3584 CE Utrecht (this is the same building being used for the ECIS paper sessions earlier in the day)
  • The event will be catered with tea/coffee/water, biscuits and sandwiches.
  • Participation is limited to 25. Registration is free for ECIS 2013 delegates, but is required for planning purposes. Register by sending your name, affiliation and contact details to
  • Again, we strongly encourage all seminar participants to submit a position statement of up to 500 words.

We can't wait to see you all there – it will be a great discussion about a very exciting new IT-enabled phenomenon.

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