Gill & Hevner (2011) A Fitness-Utility Model for Design Science Research

Citation Gill, T. G., Hevner, A. R. (2011). A Fitness-Utility Model for Design Science Research. Service-Oriented Perspectives in Design Science Research, 6629, 237 – 252. URL

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@article{gill2011fitness-utility,
author = {Gill, T. Grandon and Hevner, Alan R.},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-20633-7},
isbn = {978-3-642-20632-0},
issn = {03029743},
journal = {Service-Oriented Perspectives in Design Science Research},
pages = {237 -- 252},
title = {{A Fitness-Utility Model for Design Science Research}},
url = {http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/978-3-642-20633-7},
volume = {6629},
year = {2011}
}

Abstract

Current thinking in design science research (DSR) defines the usefulness of the design artifact in a relevant problem environment as the primary research goal. Here we propose a complementary evaluation model for DSR. Drawing from evolutionary economics, we define a fitness-utility model that better captures the evolutionary nature of design improvements and the essential DSR nature of searching for a satisfactory design across a fitness landscape. We conclude with a discussion of the strengths and challenges of the fitness-utility model for performing rigorous DSR.

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