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Criteria of Progress for Information Systems Design Theories

abstract According to Kuhn, science and progress are strongly interrelated. In this paper, we define criteria of progress for design theories. A broad analysis of the literature on information systems design science reveals that there is no consensus on the criteria of progress for design theories. We therefore analyze different concepts of progress for natural science theories. Based on well-founded criteria stemming from the philosophy of science and referring to natural science theories, we develop a set of criteria of progress for design theories. In summary, our analysis results in six criteria of progress for design theories: A design theory is partially progressive compared to another if it is ceteris paribus (1) more useful, (2) internally more consistent, (3) externally more consistent, (4) more general, (5) simpler, or (6) more fruitful of further research. Although the measurement of these criteria is not the focus of this paper, the problem of measurement cannot be totally neglected. We therefore discuss different methods for measuring the criteria based on different concepts of truth: the correspondence theory of truth, the coherence theory of truth, and the consensus theory of truth. We finally show the applicability of the criteria with an example.
   
type journal paper
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 01-01-2011
journal Information Systems and E-Business Management
volume of journal 9
number of issue 1
page(s) 133–172
review double-blind review
   
citation Aier, S., & Fischer, C. (2011). Criteria of Progress for Information Systems Design Theories. Information Systems and E-Business Management, 9(1), 133–172.