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What Kinds of Artifacts Are We Designing? An Analysis of Artifact Types and Artifact Relevance in IS Journal Publications

  • Andreas Drechsler
  • Philipp Dörr
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8463)

Abstract

In this paper, selected recent IS journal publications with an emphasis on design science are analyzed in regard to the types of artifacts which are designed (abstract designs or instantiations? / technical or social emphasis?). The findings are then connected to a recently proposed distinction of conceptual and instrumental relevance of research outcomes and discussed, whether the type of artifact matches the appropriate type of relevance. It is shown that artifacts with a technical emphasis may fall into a different relevance category than artifacts with a social emphasis. Future IS design science research projects can benefit from considering the “right” type of artifact relevance in the light of the type of artifact designed and doing so in an explicit way.

Keywords

artifacts abstract artifacts technical artifact social artifact sociotechnical artifact relevance conceptual relevance instrumental relevance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Drechsler
    • 1
  • Philipp Dörr
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Business Information SystemsUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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