Towards a Scheme for Contribution in Action Design Research

Casper Solheim Bojer*, Charles Møller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Researchers are increasingly asked to engage with industry in research projects and contribute to both practice and academia. Action Design Research (ADR) is gaining traction in IS due to its potential to achieve this dual goal. While the practical utility of ADR projects is obvious, the role of design science research (DSR) in knowledge abstraction and accumulation is still unclear and the subject of much discussion. Some scholars suggest DSR should build theory, some that it should test theory, while others suggest that its contributions lie elsewhere. While the elaborated ADR model of Mullarkey and Hevner (2019) clarified the potential for artefactual contributions at different abstraction levels throughout the research process, other types of contribution were left for further research. Drawing on reflections from an ongoing research project using ADR, as well as research on theorizing and DSR contributions, we present a tentative conceptual scheme that considers both empirical, artefactual, theory building, and theory testing opportunities in ADR. We discuss the benefits of the scheme in identifying contribution opportunities and reflect on its utility in research design for industrially engaged DSR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research - 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022, Proceedings
EditorsAndreas Drechsler, Aurona Gerber, Alan Hevner
Number of pages12
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2022
Pages376-387
ISBN (Print)9783031065156
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022 - St. Petersburg, United States
Duration: 1 Jun 20223 Jun 2022

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Petersburg
Period01/06/202203/06/2022
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13229 LNCS
ISSN0302-9743

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Keywords

  • Action design research
  • Contribution
  • Design science research
  • Theoretical contribution
  • Theorizing

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