An analysis of design science research adoption in Doctoral projects in Australia

Cater-Steel, Aileen and Toleman, Mark and Rajaeian, Mohammad Mehdi (2017) An analysis of design science research adoption in Doctoral projects in Australia. In: 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2017), 4-6 Dec 2017, Hobart, Australia.

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In the Information Systems (IS) discipline, Design Science Research (DSR) is distinctive; creating
knowledge through the design of novel or innovative artefacts, and analysing the artefacts’ use or
performance. We present an analysis of DSR doctoral theses published in Australia for the period 2006-
2017. Our purpose is to understand the extent and diversity of DSR applied by the Australian IS community in particular by doctoral candidates. We selected the theses from the Australian national repository and analysed their content. The findings suggest that 1) DSR is evolving and maturing in this cohort, 2) DSR theses have resulted in various artefacts and scholarly publications, 3) candidates’ ability to theorize about their work remains a challenge, and 4) nomenclature in DSR remains a problem and the whole IS community should strive for consistency. This paper contributes towards our understanding of DSR as a research approach and offers recommendations to the DSR community.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Full Research Paper Abstracts #196. Copyright: © 2017 Cater-Steel, Toleman, Rajaeian. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and ACIS are credited.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 04:59
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: design science research, Doctoral research, research methods, Australia
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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