Seeking Constructive Synergy: Design Science and the Constructive Research Approach

Kalle Piirainen, Rafael A. Gonzalez

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    Abstract

    Information systems research and management science create knowledge which can be applied in organizations. Design science specifically aims at applying existing knowledge to solve interesting and relevant business problems and has been steadily gaining support in information systems research. However, design science is not the only design-oriented framework. Accordingly, this raises the question of whether it is possible to compare the results obtained from different brands of design-oriented research. This paper contributes to answering this question by comparing two research approaches, enabling mutual learning possibilities and suggesting improvements in transparency and rigor. The objective of this paper is to compare design science research with the constructive research approach. The conclusion is that the two approaches are compatible, save for details in practical requirements and partly underlying philosophical assumptions, but both have something to teach each other about how to define and execute design-oriented research in information systems and management science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication Design Science at the Intersection of Physical and Virtual Design - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference
    Number of pages14
    PublisherSpringer
    Publication date2013
    Pages59-72
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event8th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 11 Jun 201312 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 8

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology
    Number8
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki
    Period11/06/201312/06/2013
    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Number7939
    ISSN0302-9743

    Keywords

    • Design science research
    • Constructive research approach
    • Information Systems
    • Management science

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