Baskerville (2008) What Design Science Is Not


The article focuses on the misconception of the word “design science.” Technically, design science is a systematic creation of knowledge about design. It further introduces its scientific study, and the use of design processes in the scientific creation of knowledge. It suggests that design science is directed on the understanding and improving of the search among potential components in order to construct artifacts that are intended to solve a problem. It discusses that design theory is not related to design science, since design theories are not as explanatory and predictive as it is. Other elements linked with design science including artifacts, methodology and computer science are discussed.

Citation Richard L. Baskerville (2008). What Design Science Is Not. European Journal of Information Systems, vol. 17, pp. 441–443. URL

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BibTex entry for this article:

author = {Baskerville, Richard L.},
doi = {10.1057/ejis.2008.45},
isbn = {0960085X},
issn = {0960-085X},
journal = {European Journal of Information Systems},
pages = {441--443},
pmid = {35663712},
title = {{What Design Science Is Not}},
url = {},
volume = {17},
year = {2008}

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Design Science