[AISWorld] Journal of Database Management -- Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2013 (Design Science Special Issue)

Siau, Keng L. siauk at mst.edu
Sat Dec 14 21:31:05 EST 2013

The contents of the latest issue of:

Journal of Database Management (JDM)

Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association

Volume 24, Issue 3, July - September 2013

Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically

ISSN: 1063-8016 EISSN: 1533-8010

Published by IGI Publishing, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA


Editor-in-Chief: Keng Siau, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA


Design Science Research: The Road Traveled and the Road That Lies Ahead

Matti Rossi (Aalto University School of Economics, Aalto, Finland)

Ola Henfridsson (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA)

Keng Siau (Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA)

In this introductory piece to the special issue on design science research (DSR) in information systems, the authors probe the past research in DSR, introduce the papers in the special issue, discuss their contributions to the field, and conclude the paper by highlighting some potential directions for future research. To provide a good overview of the research domain, the authors review the key research approaches (or processes) that have been proposed and identify the concrete products of DSR that come in the form of artifacts. As the production of artifact is only part of the DSR process, the authors discuss the role of theorizing about these results and propose avenues for future design-oriented research. It is the authors' strong belief that DSR should be at the heart of information systems discipline because it invites people to research the issues surrounding the development and organizational implementation of new systems.

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Using the Viable System Model for Methodical Assessment of Variety in Organizations: The Story of Designing a Method

Christoph Rosenkranz (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany)

Roland Holten (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany)

The complexity in value chains that arises from the cooperation of multiple stakeholders is of utmost importance for managers and organizational designers. In this context, theories of organizational design seek to address the practical problem of intentionally changing organizational structures and processes to enhance organizational performance. Successful cooperation largely depends on effective and efficient information flows. This paper reports on a research project using the design science research framework to develop a method for the analysis and design of information flows. Linking information flows to the concept of variety, the Viable System Model is applied as a theoretical foundation of the so-called Variety Engineering method. The design of method is reported, the procedure for its application is demonstrated, and it is accounted for how the method was evaluated in a set of field studies.

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An Information Systems Design Theory for an Expert System for Training

Juan Manuel Gómez Reynoso (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico)
Lorne Olfman (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA)

Terry Ryan (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA)

Tom Horan (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA)

The authors developed and evaluated an expert system-based training system using Information Systems Design Theory (ISDT). First, an Expert System for Training (EST) was designed and implemented, and then a version of EST without expertise features, called IST, was also created. In order to evaluate which training system (if any) delivers better training, a three-group quasi-experiment was used. Each group was trained to use Statistical Process Control (SPC). One group was trained using the EST; outcomes for this group were significantly the highest among the three. A second group was trained using the IST; outcomes were not as high as the first group but significantly higher compared with the control group. The control group was trained with traditional means. Results show that the ISDT led to a useful purposely-developed application for enhancing the training of workers who have limited education but need to know about a very specific and complex field where the availability of trainers is limited. The authors call for further research that uses this ISDT to build purposely-developed software to support training of complex tasks.

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Truth or Dare: The Ontology Question in Design Science Research

Sandeep Purao (Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA)

This essay investigates the ontology question in design science research. Writings on the philosophy of science do not fully address this concern for design science research because of the traditional emphasis on discovering truthful laws. In contrast, design science research dares to create novel IT artifacts with a view to realizing alternative futures. Taking this into account, the author articulates fundamental world-views for the canonical form of design science research, which involves instantiation of the outcomes as a software artifact. These world-views include an ontological basis and an epistemological stance that are the foundation of design science research practice. The author's derivation of these world-views reflects shifts in the researcher's stance through the research process, and the interconnectedness of the problem and the artifact. The author discusses implications of these proposed world-views including comparisons against other research traditions, greater clarity for design research practice, and the potential for extending the analysis to other strands of design science research.

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the Journal of Database Management (JDM) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database: http://www.igi-global.com/eresources/infosci-journals.aspx.



Mission of JDM:

The Journal of Database Management (JDM) publishes original research on all aspects of database management, systems analysis and design, and software engineering. The primary mission of JDM is to be instrumental in the improvement and development of theory and practice related to information technology and management of information resources. The journal is targeted at both academic researchers and practicing IT professionals.

Coverage of JDM:

The Journal of Database Management (JDM) publishes three types of rigorous and high quality articles: research articles, research notes, and research reviews. Research articles are full innovative findings that make substantial theoretical and empirical contributions to knowledge in the field by using various theoretical and methodological approaches. Research notes are novel and complete but not as comprehensive as full research articles; they include exploratory studies and methodological articles. Research reviews are insightful and carefully crafted articles that conceptualize research areas, synthesize previous innovative findings, advance the understanding of the field, and identify and develop future research directions. Authors are welcome to submit manuscripts that qualify for any of the three categories.

Topics of interest to the journal include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

·         Agile systems development

·         Bio-informatics

·         Cognitive modeling

·         Component engineering

·         Conceptual modeling

·         Data analytics and data science

·         Data quality

·         Data warehousing and data mining

·         Database for advanced applications

·         Database management and administration

·         Database models and query languages

·         Database security and integrity

·         Design science

·         Domain-driven development

·         E-business and m-commerce models and architectures

·         Empirical software engineering

·         Enterprise systems and supply chain integration

·         Extreme modeling and extreme programming

·         Geographical information systems

·         Human-computer interaction

·         Heterogeneous and distributed database

·         Information and knowledge modeling

·         Intelligent agents and agent-based applications

·         Knowledge engineering and management

·         Method engineering and metamodeling

·         Object oriented methods and methodologies

·         Requirements engineering

·         Service oriented architecture/service oriented computing

·         Semantic Web and ontology

·         Software engineering

·         System analysis and design

·         Unified modeling language and unified process

·         Virtual team and Web 2.0

·         Web database and Web-based information systems

·         Web design methods and methodologies

IGI Global is pleased to offer a special Multi-Year Subscription Loyalty Program. In this program, customers who subscribe to one or more journals for a minimum of two years will qualify for secure subscription pricing. IGI Global pledges to cap their annual price increase at 5%, which guarantees that the subscription rates for these customers will not increase by more than 5% annually.


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT THE JOURNAL'S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. All submissions must be forwarded electronically.

All inquiries regarding JDM should be directed to the attention of:

Professor Keng Siau

Missouri University of Science and Technology

E-mail: jdm at mst.edu<mailto:jdm at mst.edu>

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