Indulska, Marta and Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 (2008). Design science in IS research : a literature analysis. In: Information systems foundations : the role of design science, pp. 285-304. Acton, A.C.T: ANU E Press. ISBN 978-1-921666-34-6

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The publication of the work on design science by Alan Hevner and his colleagues has fostered much discussion on what is and what is not considered to be design science in Information Systems (IS) research. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some authors claim design science as a methodology in their work, without much consideration of theoretical or methodological aspects, or the appropriateness of their artefact. Also it would appear that design science papers have been proliferating rapidly of late. Accordingly, we were interested to identify the proliferation, nature and quality of design science research in Information Systems conference publications since the publication of Hevner et al.'s work in 2004. We examine design science articles published at five major IS conferences over the last three years. We subject 83 articles, identified as relevant via a rigorous analysis process, to three types of analysis - statistical, thematic and methodological. The results of these analyses indicate that design science appears to be a growing stream of research in IS. We also found design science research to be strongly prevalent in the research domains of process, knowledge and information management. The most interesting results stem out of our methodological analysis, which suggests that only a small percentage of the papers discuss a concise and consistent implementation of the design science methodology suggested by Hevner et al.

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Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-89365
Title of Book: Information systems foundations : the role of design science
Page Range: pp. 285-304
Date: 2008
Publisher: ANU E Press
Place of Publication: Acton, A.C.T
ISBN: 978-1-921666-34-6
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
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Refereed: Yes


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