Design Science in the Field: Practice Design Research

  • Göran Goldkuhl
  • Jonas Sjöström
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10844)


There exist different types or genres of design science research (DSR) in information systems, like laboratory-oriented and practice-oriented DSR. This paper investigates arguments for a practice-oriented approach to DSR. It uses the research approach of practice research as a starting point to elaborate on a practice-oriented DSR approach we label Practice Design Research (PDR). In doing so, we address two unresolved issues in IS DSR: Theorizing and evaluation. PDR consists of two inter-related sub-activities: theorizing and situational design inquiry. The conduct of situational design inquiry is described as iterative cycles of (1) pre-evaluate, (2) plan & design, (3) test & intervene and (4) post-evaluate. We justify the foundations of these iterative sub-activities/cycles through a theoretically informed argument based on pragmatist philosophy and practice theory.


Design science Practice research Epistemology Practice theory Evaluation Theorizing Pragmatism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Informatics and MediaUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Management and EngineeringLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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