Approach to IS Solution Design and Instantiation for Practice-Oriented Research – A Design Science Research Perspective

  • Matthias WalterEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 346)


In the context of our long-term research project following design science research methodology, this paper contributes a methodical approach to design and instantiate an information system for evaluation in practice-oriented research. Based on previous research on improving information system support for early product-cost optimization in the discrete manufacturing industry, we present and discuss our methodical approach to derive prototypes based on an evaluated requirements model, identified implementation challenges, and elaborated solution use cases. The objective of the outlined approach comprising different working steps is to derive an interactive user interface prototype that is feasible for further artifact evaluation within a range of institutional contexts. Together with experts from the practice of software engineering, we iterated through these working steps to determine the approach’s feasibility to instantiate our solution design. The paper at hand provides descriptive as well as visual examples for each of these working steps to improve the approach’s comprehensibility. Beyond providing lessons learned from the application of our approach in the context of our research project for other projects, we also share results from an initial evaluation for a prototype instantiated with the outlined approach to underline and discuss the approach’s applicability.


Product-cost optimization Product costing Design science research Enterprise systems Artifact instantiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Information Systems, esp. IS in Manufacturing and CommerceTU DresdenDresdenGermany

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