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On Expanding, the Scope of Design Science in IS Research


Briggs, Robert O; Schwabe, Gerhard (2011). On Expanding, the Scope of Design Science in IS Research. In: DESRIST Conference 2011 (Sixth International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 5 May 2011 - 6 May 2011, 92-106.

Abstract

Design Science Research (DSR) has sparked a renaissance of contributions to IS, but its rigor and value of DSR could be increased by expanding its scope beyond its engineering roots to bring all modes of scientific inquiry to bear – exploratory, theoretical , experimental, and applied science / engineering (AS/E). All DSR Cycle activities can be realized as instances of one or more of the four modes. The rigor of DSR can therefore be defended in terms of the goals, research products, and standards of rigor already established for each mode. There is, moreover, a synergy among the modes that can only be realized when all four are brought to bear, because each informs the other three. To exclude any mode of inquiry from DSR, therefore, is to impoverish knowledge about its objects of inquiry. Based on these insights, we propose a modified Cycles Model for DSR realized under the disciplines of the four modes of scientific inquiry.

Design Science Research (DSR) has sparked a renaissance of contributions to IS, but its rigor and value of DSR could be increased by expanding its scope beyond its engineering roots to bring all modes of scientific inquiry to bear – exploratory, theoretical , experimental, and applied science / engineering (AS/E). All DSR Cycle activities can be realized as instances of one or more of the four modes. The rigor of DSR can therefore be defended in terms of the goals, research products, and standards of rigor already established for each mode. There is, moreover, a synergy among the modes that can only be realized when all four are brought to bear, because each informs the other three. To exclude any mode of inquiry from DSR, therefore, is to impoverish knowledge about its objects of inquiry. Based on these insights, we propose a modified Cycles Model for DSR realized under the disciplines of the four modes of scientific inquiry.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Event End Date:6 May 2011
Deposited On:07 Mar 2012 16:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:42
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number:6629
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:978-3-642-20632-0
Additional Information:Service-Oriented Perspectives in Design Science Research. 6th International Conference, DESRIST 2011, Milwaukee, WI, USA, May 5-6, 2011, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 6629/2011, 92-106. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20633-7_7
Official URL:http://2011.desrist.org/
Related URLs:http://www.springer.com/computer/database+management+%26+information+retrieval/book/978-3-642-20632-0
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2521
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-60526

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