Tool-Support for Design Science Research: Design Principles and Instantiation

13 Pages Posted: 26 May 2017  

Jan vom Brocke

University of Liechtenstein

Peter Fettke

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); Saarland University

Michael Gau

University of Liechtenstein

Constantin Houy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexander Maedche

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Stefan Morana

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Stefan Seidel

University of Liechtenstein

Date Written: May 23, 2017

Abstract

Design Science Research (DSR) is now an accepted research paradigm in the Information Systems (IS) field, aiming at developing purposeful IT artifacts and knowledge about the design of IT artifacts. A rich body of knowledge on approaches, methods, and frameworks supports researchers in conducting DSR projects. While methodological guidance is abundant, there is little support and guidance for documenting and effectively managing DSR processes. In this article, we present a set of design principles for tool support for DSR processes along with a prototypical implementation (MyDesignProcess.com). We argue that tool support for DSR should enable researchers and teams of researchers to structure, document, maintain, and present DSR, including the resulting design knowledge and artifacts. Such tool support can increase traceability, collaboration, and quality in DSR. We illustrate the use of our prototypical implementation by applying it to published cases, and we suggest guidelines for using tools to effectively manage design-oriented research.

Keywords: Design Science Research, Design Process

Suggested Citation

vom Brocke, Jan and Fettke, Peter and Gau, Michael and Houy, Constantin and Maedche, Alexander and Morana, Stefan and Seidel, Stefan, Tool-Support for Design Science Research: Design Principles and Instantiation (May 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2972803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2972803

Jan Vom Brocke (Contact Author)

University of Liechtenstein ( email )

Fürst Franz Josef Strasse
Vaduz, 9490
Liechtenstein

Peter Fettke

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) ( email )

Campus D3_2
Saarbrücken, D-66123
Germany

Saarland University ( email )

Campus
Saarbrücken, Saarland D-66123
Germany

Michael Gau

University of Liechtenstein ( email )

Fürst Franz Josef Strasse
Vaduz, 9490
Liechtenstein

Constantin Houy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexander Maedche

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Stefan Morana

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Stefan Seidel

University of Liechtenstein ( email )

Fürst Franz Josef Strasse
Vaduz, 9490
Liechtenstein

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