Design Science Research in Information Systems


Schedule and location

Tuesday June 7th - Thursday June 9th  
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Agora building, room Ag C234.


Registration is open February 3rd  - May 23rd .


Professor Ken Peffers, Lee Business School, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Professor Tuure Tuunanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


Design has traditionally been a major part of research contributions in a number of disciplines across the academe, e.g., architecture, fine arts, engineering, construction, and computer science. Its place in information systems research has only achieved broad acceptance in the past decade or less. Arguably it remains a very immature research paradigm.

Design science research (DSR) extends the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities with the creation of artifacts in which knowledge contributions are contained. The artifacts are often thought of as machines, but may be computer programs or systems, methods, algorithms or other objects.

This course starts with the origins of DSR twenty years ago, works though its acceptance, and continues with the issues and practices of today and tomorrow. We seek to immerse the participants in the practical realities of preparing DSR research, with exercises and proposals for their own DSR projects.

Detailed Program

 Day 1



Session 1 – (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Course Logistics

-        Introduction of Instructor

-        Introductions of Students

-        Syllabus and Assignments

-        Review Pre-Course Assignments

Design Science Research (DSR) in IS

-        Introduction and Review of Pre-Course readings

-        DSR Framework and Guidelines

-        DSR Exemplars

Session 2 – (2pm – 3:45pm)

Positioning and Presenting DSR

-        DSR Processes

-        DSR Artifacts

-        DSR Publication Schema

-        DSR Exemplars


Session 3 – (4:00pm – 6:00 pm)

Student Assignment 1 discussed

Students Present and Discuss DSR Exemplar Papers

Day 2



Session 4 – (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Action Design Research

-        Action Research

-        Integrating AR and DSR

Reflection, Abstraction, and Theorizing in DSR

Session 5 – (2:00 pm – 3:45 pm)

DSR Evaluation Strategies

-        DSR Evaluation Framework

-        Focus Groups in DSR

-        A Fitness-Utility Model of DSR

Session 6 – (3:45 pm – 6pm)

Student Assignment 1 Report Due

Preparing a DSR Research Proposal

-         Review of Exemplar DSR Project Proposals

Student Assignment 2

-        Students work with Instructor on DSR Project Proposal

Day 3



Session 7 – (8:30am – 10:00 am)

Assignment 3

-         Research paradigm experiment

Is DSR research a wise course?

-        Standards for publication

-        A moving target

-        More publications about DSR than are DSR?

Session 8 – (10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Student Assignment 2

-        Students Present and Defend DSR Project Proposals

Session 9 – (2:00 pm – 3:45 pm)

Assignment #3 deliverable

Future Directions for DSR

-        Alternative DSR contributions

-        Acceptable contributions for DSR

Session 10 – (3:45 pm – 6pm)

Interactive Question and Answer Session with Students

-        Wrap up of class

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 3 credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignment.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.