Journaling Design Science Research

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Projektart und Laufzeit

FFF-Förderprojekt, Dezember 2021 bis November 2023


Hilti Lehrstuhl für Business Process Management




Design Science Research (DSR) is a highly context-dependent and iterative process (vom Brocke et al., 2020) and the often unique design process represents the actual strategy of inquiry used to deliver design knowledge within DSR projects. Thus, the design process is highly relevant for fellow researchers and should be described and shared with other researchers and practitioners (Lukyanenko & Parsons, 2020; vom Brocke et al., 2021). Recently, the importance of research transparency was discussed in an editorial of the Management Information Systems Quarterly (Burton-Jones et al., 2021) and also in a panel discussion with senior scholars at the latest De-sign Science Research Conference (DESRIST2021).
Though, compared to other fields there is less tool support for design science researchers avail-able (vom Brocke et al., 2017). In qualitative research, for instance, researchers are following specific procedures and are required to document clearly the chain of evidence and report on criteria like intercoder-reliability (Miles et al., 2019). Furthermore, the use of coding tools are de facto standards in this type of research. They support qualitative researchers in conducting their research and reporting the results of their study. Moreover, editors and reviewers might ask for coding examples or further research that can benefit from these resources to better understand and extend on existing studies. Recently, in the field of Design Science Research (DSR) tool sup-port to structure, document, maintain, and present research processes has been proposed. Such tools aim to increase collaboration, traceability, and quality of research methods used in DSR (vom Brocke et al., 2017).
In this research project, we follow the design science research principles proposed by Kuechler and Vashnavi (Kuechler & Vaishnavi, 2008) and we want to design and implement a system that allows researchers to manage their research processes and their activities. Therefore, we plan to provide a collaborative research method modeling system to describe the core methods in the field of IS first. In the next step, we are going to design and implement a research process transparency system that supports researchers to instantiate the reference models to docu-ment and describe research processes and share them with their peers. We plan to evaluate the implemented artefact and the according design principles in a lab experiment and a field study with DSR novices.




  • Gau, M., Mädche, A., & vom Brocke, J. (2022). DSR Buddy: A Conversational Agent Supporting Design Science Research Activities. Presented at the Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, Nürnberg. (VHB_3: C)