Design Principles Exposition: A Framework for Problematizing Knowledge and Practice in DSR

Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen*, Amir Haj-Bolouri

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Design principles (DPs) have been recognized as a central contribution in Design Science Research and the research community has begun acknowledging their importance. Much of this work implicitly assumes that design principles are natural components of contributions that can easily be derived by researchers without a need for criteria for their proposal, application or evaluation. In this paper we infer a framework for how to expose the conceptual structure of DPs as both components and sole contributions. We find a danger in assuming that design principles alone are contributions as they are very broadly used to propose utility yet the specific target audience or the explicit use of them as components of design theory occur less frequent. Furthermore, by applying our framework to a set of DPs, we offer four parts of their conceptual structure that can be used to convey the nature of design principle contributions and further identify potential areas for improvement or further research. We derive 8 questions that offer a guiding hand to researchers who attempt to embed DPs as components of their contribution either to research or to practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning for Digital Transformation. Co-Creating Services with Citizens and Industry : 15th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2020, Kristiansand, Norway, December 2–4, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsSara Hofmann, Oliver Müller, Matti Rossi
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-64822-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-64823-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event15th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology: Designing for Digital Transformation – Co-Creating Services with Citizens and Industry - Virtual from University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Duration: 1 Nov 20203 Nov 2020
Conference number: 15


Conference15th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology
LocationVirtual from University of Agder
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science

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