Workshop: Design Science Research (WS 2011/12)

Type of course: Workshop
Semester: WS 2011/12
Max. # of participants: 20
Evaluation: seminar paper (10 pages)

Workshop timeline:
Monday the 17th of October 2011 10am to 13pm and 14pm to 17pm
Tuesday the 18th of October 2011 9am to 13pm and 14pm to 16pm

Target audience: Doctoral students in business and informations systems

Instructor: Dr. Robert Wayne Gregory

Language: English

Workshop content at a glance:
This course introduces the student to design science research and discusses the differences to natural science and behavioral science research. The relationship between design and research, the nature and anatomy of a design theory, as well as methods for design science research are further core topics of this course. Finally, the course also teaches students more advanced topics in design science research such as theorizing principles and techniques as well as design science research as a research paradigm that can be combined with other social science methods such as the grounded theory method or action research.

Registration: Applications are centrally managed by the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences and will be only possible in the period from July the 4th until 24th of 2011. Please visit the homepage of Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences for further information.


  • Hevner, A.R., March, S.T., Jinsoo, P., and Ram, S. 2004. "Design Science in Information Systems Research," MIS Quarterly (28:1), pp. 75-105.
  • van Aken, J.E. 2004. "Management Research Based on the Paradigm of the Design Sciences: The Quest for Field-Tested and Grounded Technological Rules," Journal of Management Studies (41:2), pp. 219-246.
  • March, S.T., and Smith, G.F. 1995. "Design and Natural Science Research on Information Technology," Decision Support Systems (15:4), pp. 251-266.
  • Walls, J.G., Widmeyer, G.R., and El Sawy, O.A. 1992. "Building an Information System Design Theory for Vigilant Eis," Information Systems Research (3:1), March 1, 1992, pp. 36-59.
  • Gregor, S., and Jones, D. 2007. "The Anatomy of a Design Theory," Journal of the Association for Information Systems (8:5), pp. 313-335.
  • Baskerville, R., and Pries-Heje, J. 2010. "Explanatory Design Theory," Business & Information Systems Engineering (2:5), pp. 271-282.
  • Sein, M.K., Henfridsson, O., Purao, S., Rossi, M., and Lindgren, R. 2011. "Action Design Research," MIS Quarterly (35:1), pp. 37-56.
  • Gregory, R.W., and Muntermann, J. Forthcoming. "Theorizing in Design Science Research"
  • Van De Ven, A.H., and Johnson, P.E. 2006. "Knowledge for Theory and Practice," Academy of Management Review (31:4), pp. 802-821.
  • Gregory, R.W. 2010. "Design Science Research and the Grounded Theory Method: Characteristics, Differences, and Complementary Uses," Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Information System (ECIS 2010), Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Winter, R. 2008. "Design Science Research in Europe," European Journal of Information Systems (17:5), pp. 470-475.
  • Peffers, K., Tuunanen, T., Rothenberger, M.A., and Chatterjee, S. 2007. "A Design Science Research Methodology for Information Systems Research," Journal of Management Information Systems (24:3), pp. 45-77.
  • Orlikowski, W.J., and Iacono, C.S. 2001. "Research Commentary: Desperately Seeking the "It" in It Research--a Call to Theorizing the It Artifact," Information Systems Research (12:2), June 1, 2001, pp. 121-134.
  • Markus, M.L., Majchrzak, A., and Gasser, L. 2002. "A Design Theory for Systems That Support Emergent Knowledge Processes," MIS Quarterly (26:3), pp. 179-212.
  • Kuechler, B., and Vaishnavi, V. 2008. "On Theory Development in Design Science Research: Anatomy of a Research Project," European Journal of Information Systems (17:5), pp. 489-504.
  • Holmström, J., and Ketokivi, M. 2009. "Bridging Practice and Theory: A Design Science Approach," Decision Sciences (40:1), pp. 65-87.
  • Baskerville, R., and Pries-Heje, J. 1999. "Grounded Action Research: A Method for Understanding It in Practice," Accounting, Management and Information Technologies (9:1), pp. 1-23.
  • Järvinen, P. 2007. "Action Research Is Similar to Design Science," Quality and Quantity (41:1), pp. 37-54.

Literature will be provided by the instructor after a successful registration