Advances in Design Research for Information Systems Minitrack

This minitrack provides a venue for information systems (IS) design researchers to share their work and interact with likeminded scholars. Design research is a prominent form of engaged scholarship, which combines inquiry with a potential for action and intervention.

Design research may be viewed as having three major subfields, from which we welcome submissions:

  • Design theory research, which focuses on the development of theories about creating new or improved information systems based on kernel or grand theories
  • Design science research which focuses on creating ‘new-to-the-world’ IS artifacts
  • Science of design research which focuses on the study of how designers actually conduct design activities, e.g., science of design research

While specific interests interest is placed upon design research and design theorizing with respect to the three subfields described above, the minitrack welcomes submissions from the entire range of alternatives that deal with the question of integrating inquiry with the potential of creating and shaping alternative futures. Such work extends the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by theorizing and/or creating new and innovative artifacts. The building and application of these designed artifacts produces knowledge and understanding of a problem domain and its solutions, which is then potentially transferable to other domains. In design science, the engagement is primarily focused on the design and evaluation of an artifact; learning through building with the aim to generate theoretical insights. This is often an iterative research process, often quite technical, and sometimes capitalizes on learning via both researcher and subject expertise within the context of the participants' social system. It can be a clinical method that puts IS researchers in an active supporting role for advanced practice. To this end we also seek implementable and grounded action frames for engaging in such generalizable inquiries.

Accordingly the scope of this mini track includes research contributions that arise from all three subfields of design research described above. This includes engaged approaches, studies of the practical use of design research approaches, the use of such approaches to expand theory, and conceptual foundations that significantly and cogently expand our understanding of the epistemology and methodology of such approaches and their philosophical underpinnings. These include:

  • Developing design artifacts and design theories
  • Evaluating and testing design artifacts and design theories
  • Different approaches to the design of artifacts and design theorizing

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Tuure Tuunanen (Primary Contact)
University of Jyväskylä
Email: tuure@tuunanen.fi

Richard Baskerville
Georgia State University and Curtin University
Email: baskerville@gsu.edu

Roman Beck
IT University of Copenhagen
Email: romb@itu.dk

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