Discovering the Significance of Scientific Design Practice: New-Science wrapped in Old Science?

Jan Pries-Heje, Richard Baskerville

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Abstract

This paper discusses and defines the achievement of significance in design science research. We review the values and processes of old-science and how this mode of science attacks the complexity of scientific knowledge production through analysis. We then explain how new-science attacks the complexity of scientific knowledge production through synthesis. The work argues that significance of the new-science contribution in design science can be obfuscated when wrapped in old-science. This understanding helps reveal how new-science, such as design science research, constitutes its significance. This discussion translates an old-science framework of theory significance into a new-science framework and uses two published cases to illustrate the framework. The results offer a grounding on which design science research can realize its potential as both new-science and old-science.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
Volume2016
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventTwenty-Fourth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 Jun 201615 Jun 2016
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Conference

ConferenceTwenty-Fourth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period12/06/201615/06/2016
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