Denyer et al. (2008) Management Research Based on the Paradigm of the Design Sciences

Management Research Based on the Paradigm of the Design Sciences: The Quest for Field- Tested and Grounded Technological Rules
Authors: Denyer, David and Tranfield, David and van Aken, Joan E.

Abstract

The field of organization and management studies has a significant and ever increasing published research base, often criticized as fragmented and of limited relevance for practice. A design science approach to management has argued that more room for the development of solution-oriented or prescriptive knowledge would increase its relevance. In this article we discuss prescriptive knowledge cast in the form of design propositions following the so-called 'CIMO-logic', extending previous applications of the design propo- sition notion. This logic involves a combination of a problematic Context, for which the design proposition suggests a certain Intervention type, to produce, through specified generative Mechanisms, the intended Outcome(s). We discuss how design-oriented research synthesis provides a vehicle for addressing fragmentation and increasing the chances of application. Moreover, we explore how the development of design propositions can result from synthesizing previously published research and illustrate this with the design of high-reliability organizations (HROs).

Citation David Denyer, David Tranfield, Joan E. van Aken (2008). Management Research Based on the Paradigm of the Design Sciences: The Quest for Field- Tested and Grounded Technological Rules. Organization Studies, vol. 29 no. 3, pp. 393–413. DOI

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{denyer2008developing,
author = {Denyer, David and Tranfield, David and van Aken, Joan E.},
doi = {10.1177/0170840607088020},
journal = {Organization Studies},
number = {3},
pages = {393--413},
title = {{Management Research Based on the Paradigm of the Design Sciences: The Quest for Field- Tested and Grounded Technological Rules}},
volume = {29},
year = {2008}
}

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Keywords:

Design Science Research, design propositions, design science research, high-reliability organizations, practitioner relevant knowledge, research synthesis

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