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Socio-technical IS design science research: developing design theory for IS integration management
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Graphic Arts, Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9984-6561
2011 (English)In: Information Systems and E-Business Management, ISSN 1617-9846, E-ISSN 1617-9854, Vol. 9, no 1, 109-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 socio-technical 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.

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2011. Vol. 9, no 1, 109-131 p.
Keyword [en]
Design science research, Design theory, Design proposition, IS integration, Mergers & acquisitions, Socio-technical design, IS management
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31627DOI: 10.1007/s10257-010-0140-6ISI: 000286467500005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78751635379OAI: diva2:405589
QC 20110323Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-21 Last updated: 2011-12-29Bibliographically approved

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