Making Sense of Design Science in Information Systems Research: Insights from a Systematic Literature Review

  • Alexander Herwix
  • Christoph Rosenkranz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10844)


This study presents insights from a systematic literature review of design science in IS. A lack of agreement on how to classify and demarcate design science from behavioral science research led to the iterative development of a theoretically-grounded, encompassing framework of knowledge contributions in the larger context of general scientific inquiry as well as associated coding schemata. The results of the systematic literature review support our framework and the idea that paradigmatic boundaries (e.g., design science versus behavioral science research) are difficult to uphold for contemporary information systems research.


Conceptual framework Coding schema Systematic literature review Paradigms Design science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

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