Validating the design science research roadmap : through the lens of "the idealised model for theory development"

Alturki, Ahmad, Gable, Guy G., Bandara, Wasana, & Gregor, Shirley (2012) Validating the design science research roadmap : through the lens of "the idealised model for theory development". In Duong, Duc A., Myers, Michael D., & Dong, Thuy B.T. (Eds.) Proceedings of The 16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems 2012 (PACIS 2012), Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.

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Design Science Research (DSR) has emerged as an important approach in Information Systems (IS) research. However, DSR is still in its genesis and has yet to achieve consensus on even the fundamentals, such as what methodology / approach to use for DSR. While there has been much effort to establish DSR methodologies, a complete, holistic and validated approach for the conduct of DSR to guide IS researcher (especially novice researchers) is yet to be established. Alturki et al. (2011) present a DSR ‘Roadmap’, making the claim that it is a complete and comprehensive guide for conducting DSR. This paper aims to further assess this Roadmap, by positioning it against the ‘Idealized Model for Theory Development’ (IM4TD) (Fischer & Gregor 2011). The IM4TD highlights the role of discovery and justification and forms of reasoning to progress in theory development. Fischer and Gregor (2011) have applied IM4TD’s hypothetico-deductive method to analyze DSR methodologies, which is adopted in this study to deductively validate the Alturki et al. (2011) Roadmap. The results suggest that the Roadmap adheres to the IM4TD, is reasonably complete, overcomes most shortcomings identified in other DSR methodologies and also highlights valuable refinements that should be considered within the IM4TD.

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ID Code: 52653
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design science research methodology, Roadmap for design science research, Idealized model for theory development, Information systems
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2012 00:53
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 00:28

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