Design science in IS research : a literature analysis

Indulska, Marta & Recker, Jan C. (2008) Design science in IS research : a literature analysis. In Gregor, Shirley & Ho, Susanna (Eds.) 4th Biennial ANU Workshop on Information Systems Foundations, 2-3 October 2008, Canberra, Australia.


The publication of the work on design science by Alan Hevner and his colleagues has fostered much discussion on what is and what is not considered to be design science in Information Systems (IS) research. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some authors claim design science as a methodology in their work, without much consideration of theoretical or methodological aspects, or the appropriateness of their artefact. Also it would appear that design science papers have been proliferating rapidly of late. Accordingly, we were interested to identify the proliferation, nature and quality of design science research in Information Systems conference publications since the publication of Hevner et al.’s work in 2004. We examine design science articles published at five major IS conferences over the last three years. We subject 83 articles, identified as relevant via a rigorous analysis process, to three types of analysis - statistical, thematic and methodological. The results of these analyses indicate that design science appears to be a growing stream of research in IS. We also found design science research to be strongly prevalent in the research domains of process, knowledge and information management. The most interesting results stem out of our methodological analysis, which suggests that only a small percentage of the papers discuss a concise and consistent implementation of the design science methodology suggested by Hevner et al.

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ID Code: 14843
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Marta Indulska and Jan C. Recker
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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