A Postmodern Perspective on Socio-technical Design Science Research in Information Systems

  • Andreas DrechslerEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9073)


This paper presents a critical account of the current state of design science research (DSR) of socio-technical artifacts in the information systems discipline as viewed through a postmodern lens. The paper offers a novel perspective to reflect on DSR and socio-technical artifacts, especially in terms of their limitations and boundaries of application. To achieve this, I critically appraise the current state of DSR practices, based on postmodern researchers’ key stances. The findings offer new perspectives on artifact effects, their application contexts, artifact utility, artifact audiences, the roles of the languages in which artifacts are specified, the design researcher’s role in the DSR process, and the political dimension of artifact design and evaluation. Design science researchers working on all types of socio-technical artifacts can use this paper’s findings to reflect on their artifacts’ limitations and potential real-world consequences before, during, and after artifact design and instantiation, and to subsequently improve these artifacts.


Design science Socio-technical artifacts Postmodernism Postmodern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Business Information SystemsUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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