Lee et al. (2015) Going Back to Basics in Design Science

Going Back to Basics in Design Science: From the Information Technology Artifact to the Information Systems Artifact
Lee, Allen S. and Thomas, Manoj and Baskerville, Richard L.

Abstract

The concept of the 'information technology (IT) artifact' plays a central role in the information systems (IS) research community's discourse on design science. We pose the alternative concept of the 'IS artifact', unpacking what has been called the IT artifact into a separate 'information artifact', 'technology artifact' and 'social artifact'. Technology artifacts (such as hardware and software), information artifacts (such as a message) and social artifacts (such as a charitable act) are different kinds of artifacts that together interact in order to form the IS artifact. We illustrate the knowledge value of the IS artifact concept with material from three cases. The result is to restore the idea that the study of design in IS needs to attend to the design of the entire IS artifact, not just the IT artifact. This result encourages an expansion in the use of design science research methodology to study broader kinds of artifacts.

Citation Allen S. Lee, Manoj Thomas, Richard L. Baskerville (2015). Going Back to Basics in Design Science: From the Information Technology Artifact to the Information Systems Artifact. Information Systems Journal, vol. 25 no. 1, pp. 5–21. DOI

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{lee2015going,
author = {Lee, Allen S. and Thomas, Manoj and Baskerville, Richard L.},
doi = {10.1111/isj.12054},
issn = {13652575},
journal = {Information Systems Journal},
number = {1},
pages = {5--21},
title = {{Going Back to Basics in Design Science: From the Information Technology Artifact to the Information Systems Artifact}},
volume = {25},
year = {2015}
}

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Keywords:

Design Science, Design science, IS artifact, IT artifact, Information artifact, Social artifact, Technology artifact

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