Accumulation and Evolution of Design Knowledge in Design Science Research: A Journey Through Time and Space

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Sir Isaac Newton (1676) famously said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Research is a collaborative, evolutionary endeavor—and it is no different with design science research (DSR), which builds upon existing design knowledge and creates new design knowledge to pass on to future projects. However, despite the vast, growing body of DSR contributions, scant evidence of the accumulation and evolution of design knowledge has been
articulated in an organized DSR body of knowledge. Most contributions rather stand on their own feet than on the shoulders of giants, and this continues to limit how far we can see, curtailing the extent of the broader impacts that can be made through DSR. In this editorial, we aim at providing guidance on how to position design knowledge contributions in wider problem and solution spaces. We propose (1) a model conceptualizing design knowledge as a resilient relationship between problem and solution spaces, (2) a model that demonstrates how individual DSR projects consume and produce design knowledge, (3) a map to position a design knowledge contribution in problem and solution spaces, and (4) principles on how to use this map in a DSR project. We show how fellow researchers, readers, editors, and reviewers, as well as the IS community as a whole, can make use
of these proposals, and also illustrate future research opportunities.

Authors vom Brocke, Jan; Winter, Robert; Hevner, Alan & Maedche, Alexander
Research Team IWI1
Journal or Publication Title Journal of the Association for Information Systems
Language English
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date May 2020
Publisher Assoc. of Information Systems
Volume 21
Number 3
Page Range 520-544
ISSN 1536-9323
Publisher DOI 10.17705/1jais.00611
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Robert Winter
Date Deposited 24 May 2020 16:53
Last Modified 24 May 2020 16:53
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/260266

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vom Brocke, Jan; Winter, Robert; Hevner, Alan & Maedche, Alexander (2020) Accumulation and Evolution of Design Knowledge in Design Science Research: A Journey Through Time and Space. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 21 (3). 520-544. ISSN 1536-9323

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