Anatomy of Knowledge Bases Used in Design Science Research

A Literature Review
  • Oliver Gaß
  • Norbert Koppenhagen
  • Harald Biegel
  • Alexander Maedche
  • Benjamin Müller
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7286)

Abstract

Several papers have addressed the theory foundation of DSR. While researchers usually emphasize that the existence of such a knowledge base (KB) is essential for high quality design science research (DSR), opinions depart what kind of knowledge comprises such a knowledge base and which qualitative requirements apply regarding the knowledge leveraged. Some researchers demand that DSR is based on descriptive formal theories, while other scholars extend the width of the knowledge base also to unverified empirical evidence, conceptual knowledge and prescriptive knowledge. In order to provide some guidance for practical DSR, we apply literature review methodology on recent DSR articles to determine the common practice regarding the use and development of knowledge bases in previous projects. Based on this investigation, we discuss current issues, derive implications for future research and suggest measures to strengthen the role of the knowledge base in DSR.

Keywords

Design Science Research Literature Review Theory Base 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Gaß
    • 1
  • Norbert Koppenhagen
    • 1
  • Harald Biegel
    • 2
  • Alexander Maedche
    • 1
    • 3
  • Benjamin Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Information Systems IVUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Enterprise SystemsUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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