Kuechler & Vaishnavi (2008) Theory Development in Design Science Research: Anatomy of a Research Project

Authors: Kuechler, William L. and Vaishnavi, Vijay K.

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The common understanding of Design Science Research in Information Systems (DSRIS) continues to evolve. Only in the broadest terms has there been consensus: that DSRIS involves, in some way, learning through the act of building. However, what is to be built – the definition of the DSRIS artifact – and how it is to be built – the methodology of DSRIS – has drawn increasing discussion in recent years. The relationship of DSRIS to theory continues to make up a significant part of the discussion: how theory should inform DSRIS and whether or not DSRIS can or should be instrumental in developing and refining theory. In this paper we present the exegesis of a DSRIS research project in which creating a (prescriptive) design theory through the process of developing and testing an IS artifact is inextricably bound to the testing and refinement of its kernel theory.

Citation William L. Kuechler, Vijay K. Vaishnavi (2008). Theory Development in Design Science Research: Anatomy of a Research Project. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, vol. May 7-9, pp. 1–15. DOI

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@article{kuechler2008theory,
author = {Kuechler, William L. and Vaishnavi, Vijay K.},
doi = {10.1057/ejis.2008.40},
editor = {Vaishnavi, V. and Baskerville, R.},
issn = {0960085X},
journal = {Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology},
pages = {1--15},
title = {{Theory Development in Design Science Research: Anatomy of a Research Project}},
volume = {May 7-9},
year = {2008}
}

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