An Introduction to Design Science

  • Paul Johannesson
  • Erik Perjons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 1-19
  3. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 21-38
  4. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 39-73
  5. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 75-89
  6. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 91-102
  7. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 103-116
  8. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 117-131
  9. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 133-136
  10. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 137-149
  11. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 151-156
  12. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 167-179
  13. Paul Johannesson, Erik Perjons
    Pages 181-193
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 195-197

About this book


This book is an introductory text on design science, intended to support both graduate students and researchers in structuring, undertaking and presenting design science work. It builds on established design science methods as well as recent work on presenting design science studies and ethical principles for design science, and also offers novel instruments for visualizing the results, both in the form of process diagrams and through a canvas format. While the book does not presume any prior knowledge of design science, it provides readers with a thorough understanding of the subject and enables them to delve into much deeper detail, thanks to extensive sections on further reading.

Design science in information systems and technology aims to create novel artifacts in the form of models, methods, and systems that support people in developing, using and maintaining IT solutions. This work focuses on design science as applied to information systems and technology, but it also includes examples from, and perspectives of, other fields of human practice.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of design science and outlines its ties with empirical research. Chapter 2 discusses the various types and forms of knowledge that can be used and produced by design science research, while Chapter 3 presents a brief overview of common empirical research strategies and methods. Chapter 4 introduces a methodological framework for supporting researchers in doing design science research as well as in presenting their results. This framework includes five core activities, which are described in detail in Chapters 5 to 9. Chapter 10 discusses how to communicate design science results, while Chapter 11 compares the proposed methodological framework with methods for systems development and shows how they can be combined. Chapter 12 discusses how design science relates to research paradigms, in particular to positivism and interpretivism. Lastly, Chapter 13 discusses ethical issues and principles for design science research.


Case Studies Design Science Empirical Studies Evaluation Experimentation Requirements Engineering Research Ethics Research Methodologies Research Paradigms Software Design Engineering Validation

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Johannesson
    • 1
  • Erik Perjons
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm UniversityKistaSweden
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversityKistaSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10631-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10632-8
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