Current Trends in Design Science Research

Traditionally scientific research has attempted to describe and explain the existing world. Design Science Research (DSR) attempts to change the world by developing various artifacts as its central research outcomes, artifacts that are useful in practice. The present seminar specifically focuses on DSR in the IT field.

The special focus of the seminar is how to conduct methodologically sound DSR  and especially how to arrange the research-practice-interaction and collaboration in DSR.  The seminar is of relevance to researchers interested in research methods, personally  doing  DSR, as well as practitioners being involved in DSR projects and/or interested in the research-practice- relationship in the IT field.

Prof. Juhani Iivari, University of Oulu
Prof. emeritus Pertti Järvinen, University of Tampere
Prof. Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics


Tuesday December 9, 2008 (Ag Gamma)

09.15 - 09.30 Opening (Juhani Iivari)
09.30 - 10.45 Paradigmatic analysis of Information Systems as a design science (Juhani Iivari)
10.45 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.30 Action Design, a fresh approach to IS research: Part I
(Matti Rossi)
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 - 15.30 Action Design, a fresh approach to IS research: Part II
(Matti Rossi)
15.30 - 15.45  Break
15.45 - 17.00 Student presentations/discussion, etc

Wednesday December 10, 2008 (Ag, Gamma)

09.15 - 10.15 Introduction to the central DSR literature and its pearls
(Pertti Järvinen)
10.15 - 10.45 Break
10.45 - 12.00 Action Research is similar to Design Science (Pertti Järvinen)
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 13.45 Action research and design science research – seemingly similar but decisively dissimilar (Juhani Iivari)
13.45 - 14.00 Break
14.00 - 15.00 On the quality of design science research (Pertti Järvinen)
15.00 - 16.00 Discussion/student presentations
16.00 - 16.05 Closing

*Meals: Lunch and coffee can be bought from restaurant/cafeteria Piato

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