After almost one decade from the introduction of design science research (DSR) by Hevner et al (2004) to the information systems (IS) discipline, several studies have benefited from this approach and produced significant results which range from new IT artefacts to IS theories. The focus of the approach on solving real problems through developing an IT artefact and its potential to study further consequences, have made the approach popular for IS scholars and practitioners. However, the approach is "neither extensively cited nor considered salient to their own research by authors or referees" according to the well-known author in the field, Eric K. Clemons. The current research aims to investigate the theoretical background, topics, context, output and research techniques in papers which used a DSR approach. This paper employs a systematic literature review approach to study 14 top ranking journals in the field of IS. After an in-depth study of 569 papers, our search resulted in a final set of 72 papers which used this approach. Based on comprehensive analysis of these papers, their main theoretical foundations are identified and compared according to different components in DSR (problem, artefact, evaluation, result). This study indicates that although a DSR approach has been used for a variety of topics, there is still opportunity for using it in many others. The results may be beneficial to show new researchers the benefits, current status and future opportunities to use the DSR approach. Moreover this paper can show practitioners how to benefit from the DSR approach in solving their problems.
|Title of host publication||ECRM 2014|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Academic Conferences and Publishing International|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies - London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 16 Jun 2014 → 17 Jun 2014
|Conference||13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies|
|Period||16/06/14 → 17/06/14|
- design science
- systematic literature review
- problem solving
- IT artefact
Amrollahi, A., Ghapanchi, A. H., & Talaei-Khoei, A. (2014). From artefact to theory: ten years of using design science in information systems research. In ECRM 2014: Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (pp. 383-392). London: Academic Conferences and Publishing International.