Design Science Research in Information Systems

  • 2011-05-25
  • Research

In this talk, Alan R. Hevner will present the current application of DSR while also addressing future directions and extensions of the research paradigm.


Design science research (DSR) seeks to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by creating new and innovative artifacts. In this talk, I will present the current, best-practices application of DSR while also addressing future directions and extensions of the research paradigm. Beginning with the basic concepts shown in the MISQ 2004 seminal paper, I describe the performance of DSR in Information Systems via a concise conceptual framework and clear guidelines for understanding, executing, and evaluating the research. DSR can be viewed as an embodiment of three closely related cycles of activities - the Relevance Cycle, the Rigor Cycle, and the central Design Cycle. A clear understanding of how DSR uses and produces knowledge is demonstrated via a Knowledge Contribution Framework that clearly positions and differentiates design science research from other research paradigms in the Information Systems field. Exemplar design research projects are surveyed throughout. The presentation concludes with a discussion of several key issues concerning DSR in IS – publication in top journals, external funding, and academic value.


Alan R. Hevner is an Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department in the College of Business at the University of South Florida. He holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology. Dr. Hevner’s areas of research interest include design science research, information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare information systems, and service-oriented computing. He has published over 150 research papers on these topics and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Hevner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, AIS, and INFORMS. Recently, he served as a program manager at the U.S. National Science Foundation in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.

Contact person

Clarissa Schmid, Coordinator of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics


  • Prof. Alan R. Hevner, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, College of Business, University of South Florida, USA

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