Multi-paradigmatic theorizing

Mixing design and exploration

Alireza Amrollahi, Roman Lukyanenko, Arturo Castellanos

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Design science research is becoming a major area in the IS discipline. Despite the growing popularity of DSR in IS, there is a lack of established guidance on how to conduct this type of research. Moreover, although DSR is considered a pluralistic area of research, few studies have proposed multi-paradigmatic methods for DSR. The current study suggests a new framework for theory development in DSR. The proposed framework integrates the previous DSR methodologies and differentiates between four components: design, design theorizing, explanatory theorizing, and data collection. A pluralist approach that integrates existing DSR components by coupling design and exploration, generating new knowledge (design theories) that can inform future representations is leveraged. This study steps outside the conventional theory development in DSR through employing a pluralistic perspective. We illustrate the framework with empirical research in the context of open strategic planning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMCIS 2017 proceedings
Subtitle of host publication23rd America's Conference on Information Systems
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683142
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201712 Aug 2017


Conference23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2017
CountryUnited States


  • Design Science Research
  • Grounded Theory
  • Information System Design Theory
  • Pluralist Research

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