BIS Cluster: Design Science Research: A Hands-on Tutorial
Design Science Research (DSR) is still relatively new in its emphasis and is still evolving in its approach. This tutorial workshop should be highly relevant and suitable for both novice and experienced researchers, who wish to learn more about DSR, develop and progress their own DSR work, and/or supervise Design Science Research projects. During the workshop, the attendees will be introduced to various DSR concepts and current trends, to create a coherent perspective on DSR and its relationship to other research paradigms. Attendees will also be introduced to three specific and applied techniques for planning and conducting DSR, which were developed by the workshop presenter and colleagues.
The tutorial will include two 1.5 hour sessions 1-2.30 and 3-4.30.
Session 1: Introduction to DSR and Coloured Cognitive Mapping for DSR (CCM4DSR)
An overview of DSR will be followed by an introduction to CCM4DSR and an applied workshop in using it. CCM4DSR is used to develop an understanding of the problem(s) to be solved and the improvements sought by a DSR project or program of research, an important activity that should be conducted in the early stages of a DSR project or program. The technique is also useful for creatively thinking about how to solve a problem, i.e. what techniques or technologies might be developed to solve the problem, and for developing design theories of the research outcomes.
Session 2: Introduction to the Framework for Evaluation in Design Science (FEDS2) and the Risk Management Framework for Design Science Research (RMF4DSR)
FEDS2 comprises a framework and a process for designing the evaluation components of a DSR project or program. As input it uses understandings of the artefact being developed, the research environment and constraints, as well as the improvements being sought. The outcomes are a strategy for conducting evaluations of the artefact and/or design theory outcomes of the DSR and specific ideas of evaluation methods that are suitable for the situation and the chosen evaluation strategy.
RMF4DSR addresses the risks that are unique to DSR projects as well as risks for research more generally. The framework and a process for using it help to identify relevant risks in DSR projects and to consider effective strategies and treatments for reducing the potential impact of those risks.
John Venable is Associate Professor, Director of Research, and former Head of School at the School of Information Systems and Co-Director of the Curtin Business School Not-for-Profit Research Initiative (a group of staff who conduct research on the NfP sector and NfP organisational practices and issues), both at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He has held academic positions in Information Systems and Computer Science in the USA, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia. He has published in international conferences and journals including The European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Information & Management, The Information Systems Journal, Information Technology & People, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, The Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, The Journal of Community Informatics, Wirtschaftsinformatik, and The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods. Concerning Design Science Research (DSR), Dr Venable has published over 50 refereed papers about or using DSR, is the incoming section editor for DSR of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems, co-organised the 2010 IFIP Working Groups 8.2 and 8.6 Joint International Working Conference on “Human Benefit through the Diffusion of Information Systems Design Science Research”, and co-edited a special issue of Information Technology and People on “Design and Diffusion of Systems for Human Benefit”. His other research interests include IS development and planning methods and practice; organisational, IS and data modelling; problem solving methods; qualitative and critical research; research methods; organisational culture and change management; knowledge management and organisational learning; Group Support Systems and collaborative work; digital library systems; and application and management of IS and IT to support not-for-profit organisations.