Design science research (DSR) has staked its rightful ground as an important and legitimate research paradigm across many disciplines where the development of innovative artifacts provides research contributions. The aims of this presentation are to help researchers to (i) appreciate the types of artifacts that may be DSR contributions, (ii) identify appropriate ways of consuming and producing knowledge when they are preparing journal articles or other scholarly works, (iii) understand and position the knowledge contributions of their research projects, and (iv) structure a DSR article so that a significant contribution to the knowledge base is highlighted. A focal contribution is the DSR Knowledge Contribution Framework with two dimensions based on the existing state of knowledge in both the problem and solution domains for the research opportunity under study. The presentation then moves to an exploration of new ways of evaluating the qualities of design artifacts. The goal is to move DSR to more meaningful evaluations of design artifacts for sustainable impacts.
S. Gregor and A. Hevner, “Positioning and Presenting Design Science Research for Maximum Impact,” Management Information Systems Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 2, June 2013.
A. Hevner, S. March, J. Park, and S. Ram, “Design Science Research in Information Systems,” Management Information Systems Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2004, pp. 75-105.
Alan R. Hevner is an Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. He holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology. Dr. Hevner's areas of research interest include design science research, information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare systems, and service-oriented computing. He has published over 200 research papers on these topics and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Hevner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hevner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and INFORMS. Additional honors include being named a Schoeller Senior Fellow at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany, receiving the Design Science Research Lifetime Achievement Award, and being inducted into the Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a program manager at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.