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Concept: Design Science

Design science was introduced in 1963 by R. Buckminster Fuller who defined it as a systematic form of designing. The concept of design science was taken up in Sydney Gregory's 1966 book of the 1965 Design Methods Conference where he drew the distinction between scientific method and design method. Gregory was clear in his view that design was not a science and that design science referred to the scientific study of design. Herbert Simon in his 1968 Karl Taylor Compton lectures used and popularized these terms in his argument for the scientific study of the artificial (as opposed to the natural). Over the intervening period the two terms have co-mingled to the point where design science has come to have both meanings, with the meaning of scientific study of design now predominating.



Books and articles


YearArticle Title Author(s)
1987The Case Research Strategy in Studies of Information Systems Case Research Benbasat et al.
1989A Scientific Methodology for MIS Case Studies Lee
1992Building an Information System Design Theory for Vigilant EIS Walls et al.
1995Design and Natural Science Research on Information Technology March & Smith
1996A Critical Perspective on Action Research as a Method for Information Systems Research Baskerville & Wood-Harper
1997Contextuality of Research on Managerial and Organizational Ngwenyama & Lee
1998Diversity in Information Systems Action Research Methods Baskerville & Wood-Harper
1998Successfully Completing Case Study Research Darke et al.
1999Grounded Action Research: A Method for Understanding IT in Practice Baskerville & Pries-Heje
1999Investigating Information Systems With Action Research Baskerville
1999The Systems Development or Engineering Approach to Research in Information Systems Burstein & Gregor
1999A Set of Principles for Conducting and Evaluating Interpretive Field Studies in Information SystemsKlein & Myers
1999Toward a Framework for Action Research in Information Systems Studies Lau
2004Special Issue on Action Research in Information Systems Baskerville & Myers
2004Managing Risk in Software Process Improvement: An Action Research Approach Iversen et al.
2004On The Emancipatory Role of Rural Information Systems Kanungo
2005Enacting Integrated Information Technology: A Human Agency PerspectiveBoudreau & Robey
2006Problems in Measuring Effectiveness in Software Process ImprovementIversen & Ngwenyama
2006The Design Science Research ProcessPeffers et al.
2006Doing Interpretive ResearchWalsham
2007A Three Cycle View of Design Science ResearchHevner
2007A Paradigmatic Analysis of Information Systems As a Design ScienceIivari
2008A Design Science Research Methodology for Information Systems ResearchPeffers et al.
2010Bridging the Generation Gap in ICT UseBailey & Ngwenyama
2010Software Process Improvement With Weak Management SupportNgwenyama & Norbjerg
2010Meta-Analysis of Design Science Research Within The IS CommunitySamuel-Ojo et al.
2010A Requirements Engineering Method Designed For The BlindTuunanen et al.
2010The Design of Focus Area Maturity Modelsvan Steenbergen et al.
2010Design Science Research Post Hevner et al.Venable
2011The Challenge of E-Participation in the Digital CityBailey & Ngwenyama
2011Inductive Design of Maturity ModelsLahrmann et al.
2011A Set of Principles for Conducting Critical Research in Information SystemsMyers & Klein
2012Theory-Generating Design Science ResearchBeck et al.
2012Conceptualizing Models Using Multidimensional ConstructsPolites et al.
2013Toward Entrepreneurial Behavior in Underserved CommunitiesBailey & Ngwenyama
2014A Set of Ethical Principles for Design Science Research in Information SystemsMyers & Venable

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