The Formulation of Design Theories for Information Systems

  • Shirley Gregor
  • David Jones
Conference paper


Our aim in this paper is to explore in some detail how design theories for information systems can be understood and explicated. Information Systems (IS) as a discipline is concerned with action — the design, construction and use of software and systems involving people, technology, organizations and societies. In acting in building information systems it is preferable not to approach every new development problem afresh. We would like some guiding knowledge that transfers from one situation, in which action is taken, to another. Generalized knowledge of this type can be referred to as design theory.


Information System Design Theory Design Science Information System Research Information System Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirley Gregor
    • 1
  • David Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business and Information ManagementAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Informatics and CommunicationCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia

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