Design Science in Action: Researching and Developing the IT-CMF

  • Markus Helfert
  • Martin Curley
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 286)


Despite the increasing popularity of design science research, understanding the development of design artifacts and engagement of domain experts is still limited. Several guidelines and suggestions concerning design science research have been proposed, however combining practical utility and academic rigor can be difficult, in particular when research is co-funded by industry. In this paper we describe a design environment in the context of the development of a novel IT Management model, the IT Capability Maturity Framework. The paper illustrates an example of design science in action and explores the relation between design process and design artifacts. The contributions show how and what types of design artifacts can be developed, its benefits and challenges within a research consortium. We conclude our paper by discussing areas for further research.


Design Science Methodology Artifacts Design Science Literature Review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Helfert
    • 1
  • Martin Curley
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputingDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.IntelLexlipIreland

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