Socio-Technical IS Design Science Research: Developing Design Theory for IS Integration Management

Sven Carlsson, Stefan Henningsson, Stefan Hrastinski, Christina Keller

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Design science research is an essential part of IS research since the field
should not only try to understand how the world is, but also how to change it. We argue that the aim of IS design science research should be to develop practical knowledge not only for the design of novel information technology (IT), but also for IS governance and management. Whereas at least some methodological support exists for researchers engaged in IT-centric design science research, limited support is available for researchers who want to develop design knowledge and theory for IS governance and management. To overcome this shortcoming, we suggest a sociotechnical IS design science research approach. The approach has four main activities: (1) identifying problem situations and desired outcomes, (2) reviewing extant theories, knowledge and data, (3) proposing/refining design theory and knowledge, and (4) testing design theory and knowledge. The applicability and usefulness of the proposed approach is shown by means of a design science research project concerning IS integration management in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-131
JournalInformation Systems and e-Business Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economics and Business


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