Design-science research

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This chapter explains the nature of design-science research and indicates the contexts in which it is likely to be an appropriate research method to use. It also examines various approaches to design-science research that have been proposed in prior literature, points out their similarities and differences, and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, it articulates an alternative approach to designscience research (which nonetheless is based on earlier approaches) that is aimed at (a) helping researchers undertake higher-quality design-science research, and (b) better evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of design-science research that has been done already.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods
Subtitle of host publicationInformation, Systems, and Contexts
EditorsKirsty Williamson, Graeme Johanson
Place of PublicationCambridge MA USA
PublisherChandos Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780081022214
ISBN (Print)9780081022207
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Design science
  • Design-science methodology
  • Design-science theory
  • Information systems artefact

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Weber, R. (2018). Design-science research. In K. Williamson, & G. Johanson (Eds.), Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts (2nd ed., pp. 267-288). Chandos Publishing.