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Information Systems and e-Business Management

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 335–355 | Cite as

The need for systems development capability in design science research: enabling researcher-systems developer collaboration

  • Stefan CronholmEmail author
  • Hannes Göbel
  • Mikael Lind
  • Daniel Rudmark
Original Article

Abstract

Information systems as an artefact-oriented discipline require a strong interaction between researchers, developers and users regarding design of, development of, and the study of the use of digital artefacts in social settings. During recent years, performing research in a design science research spirit has gained increasing interest. In larger scale design research endeavours, access to systems development capabilities becomes necessary. Such a unit, InnovationLab, was established in 2006 in a university setting in Sweden. In this paper we are investigating the 5 years’ experience of running this InnovationLab. Our findings point to an innovation lab being valuable for research in general and especially for design science research. However, in order to balance the business of an innovation lab, it will be necessary to provide services for other stakeholders (such as administrative units, teachers, and students) as a means for developing systems development capability aimed at supporting researchers.

Keywords

Innovation InnovationLab Design science research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Cronholm
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hannes Göbel
    • 1
  • Mikael Lind
    • 1
    • 3
  • Daniel Rudmark
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Business and InformaticsUniversity of BoråsBorasSweden
  2. 2.Department of Management and EngineeringLinköping UniversityLinkopingSweden
  3. 3.Viktoria InstituteGothenburgSweden

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