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Scientific Progress of Design Research Artefacts

abstract In parallel to widely accepted behavioural research, Design Research (DR) has emerged in Information Systems. Nonetheless, the debate about the scientificity of DR is still ongoing. In the course of this debate, the role of scientific progress has hardly been discussed. But, doubtlessly, scientific progress is regarded as one of the main aims of science; science can even be defined by scientific progress. Philosophy of science has therefore developed a variety of concepts for scientific progress mostly adapted to explanatory and/or predictive theories. Nonetheless, the output of DR differs from those theories; therefore, concepts developed cannot be applied to DR without further ado. In this paper, we propose a first concept for scientific progress of DR artefacts. Because of the complexity of the field we firstly restrict to the research question: What is scientific progress of DR artefacts? Progress is commonly defined as a transition from step A to B whereby B is better than A. The aim of our research is to identify criteria for concretizing what is better in the context of DR and to define criteria of progressive DR artefacts. We thereby identified the following five criteria: utility, internal consistency, external consistency, scope, and efficiency.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
name of conference Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2009) (Verona)
date of conference 01-12-2009
title of proceedings Proceedings of the 17th European Conference On Information Systems
review double-blind review
   
citation Aier, S., & Fischer, C. (2009). Scientific Progress of Design Research Artefacts. In Newell, S., Whitley, E., Pouloudi, N., Wareham, J., & Mathiassen, L. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th European Conference On Information Systems.