[AISWorld] JAIS / CfP: Accumulation and Evolution of Knowledge in Design Science Research

vom Brocke Jan jan.vom.brocke at uni.li
Sat May 13 06:53:24 EDT 2017

JAIS - Journal of the Association for Information Systems

Special Issue on
Accumulation and Evolution of Knowledge in Design Science Research


Jan vom Brocke, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, jan.vom.brocke at uni.li
Alan R. Hevner, University of South Florida, USA, ahevner at usf.edu
Alexander Maedche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, alexander.maedche at kit.edu
Robert Winter, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, robert.winter at unisg.ch


Sir Isaac Newton once famously said that he has only seen further by “standing on the shoulders of giants.” Research is a collaborative endeavor – and this is no different with design science research (DSR), which develops and builds upon design knowledge.  Design knowledge is about means-end-relations between problem and solution spaces (Venable et al. 2006) and can take different forms such as designed artifacts (Hevner et al. 2004), design principles (Chandra et al. 2015), or design theories (Gregor and Jones 2007). More recently, the potential of DSR to contribute to the solution of real-word problems has been pointed out more often, and that this is considered an opportunity to demonstrate relevance of IS as an academic field (Watson et al. 2010, vom Brocke et al. 2013, Lee 2015). In particular, the recent MISQ Editorial on the Diversity of DSR (Rai 2017) highlights many diverse opportunities to effectively apply DSR for the solution of important information systems research challenges.

Based on high-impact design practice over several decades, the methodological reflection of DSR in the information systems research community has made significant progress during recent years so that researchers now can start from a sound foundation (including, e.g., Hevner et al. 2004; Peffers et al. 2007; Gregor & Hevner 2015). It is the right time to foster knowledge creation from actual DSR studies, which significantly advance our understanding of information systems design, use and impact. For a research community, systematic knowledge generation across multiple DSR projects plays an important role. While in the past, most studies reported on single DSR projects, future work needs to pay attention to knowledge accumulation and evolution across multiple projects. We exemplify this focus by two challenges:

First, it is often difficult to assess the re-use potential of design solutions to different yet related problems. Given today`s DSR methodology and practice, it is hard to tell to what extent a problem space of interest would relate to other problem spaces; and ,similarly, how a solution would relate to other solutions. Achieving ‘projectability’ of designed artifacts (Baskerville & Pries-Heje 2014) is different from achieving generalizability of descriptive statements. In this call, we therefore seek contributions, which demonstrate that DSR can systematically support re-use and how ‘related’ design problems (and solutions) can be identified.

Second, it is often difficult to scope and document DSR comprehensively because relevant real-life problems and solutions are highly complex. It is necessary that large problems or artefacts are jointly covered by different sub-projects and/or researchers, allowing knowledge accumulation across projects and between researchers. In this call, we therefore seek contributions, which demonstrate that knowledge accumulation can be achieved across projects, application areas, or levels of abstraction in order to systematically advance our understanding of the design of information systems as problem and solution spaces evolve over time and space.

We particularly invite studies that apply the DSR paradigm (also referred to as Design Research studies, see Winter 2008), and that serve as exemplars to demonstrate challenges and solutions for knowledge aggregation and evolution in DSR. These studies will shape the community’s understanding of accumulative design knowledge and design knowledge re-use, enabling future methodology improvements towards a more collaborative endeavor, as expressed in the famous quote of Sir Isaac Newton.


Jörg Becker, University of Münster, Germany
Samir Chatterjee, Claremont Graduate University, USA
Kieran Conboy, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Shirley Gregor, Australian National University, Australia
Peter Loos, Saarland University, Germany
Stefan Morana, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Oliver Müller, IT University Copenhagen, Denmark
Jeffrey Parsons, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
Ken Peffers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Sandeep Purao, Bentley University, USA
Michael Rosemann, QUT Brisbane, Australia
Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland
Gerd Schwabe, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Tuure Tuunanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
John Venable, Curtin University, Australia


November 30, 2017– Initial submissions of full papers
March 31, 2018 – Reviews sent to authors
May/June, 2018 – Paper Development Workshop
September 30, 2018 – Revised papers from authors due
December 31, 2018 – Reviews sent to authors
February 28, 2019 – Revised papers from authors due
April 30, 2019 – Final decision


Participation at the workshop is voluntary. However, participation will provide the opportunity to meet the editors and to personally discuss the papers, which have passed the first round of reviews. The location and dates for the workshop will be communicated to prospective authors.


Baskerville R., Pries-Heje J. (2014) Design Theory Projectability. In: Doolin B., Lamprou E., Mitev N., McLeod L. (eds) Information Systems and Global Assemblages. (Re)Configuring Actors, Artefacts, Organizations. IS&O 2014. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 446. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
Chandra, L., Seidel, S., & Gregor, S. (2015) Prescriptive Knowledge in IS Research: Conceptualizing Design Principles in Terms of Materiality, Action, and Boundary Conditions. Proc. of the 48th Hawaii Conference in System Science, Kauai.
Gregor S. and Jones D. (2007) The Anatomy of a Design Theory. Journal of The Association For Information Systems 8(5), 312-335.
Gregor, S., Hevner, A.R. (2015) Positioning and Presenting Design Science Research for Maximum Impact, MIS Quarterly, 37(2), 337-355.
Hevner, A.R., March, S.T., Park, J., Ram, S. (2004) Design Science in Information Systems. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105
Lee, J.K. (2015) Research Framework for AIS Grand Vision of the Bright ICT Initiative, Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), 39(2), pp: iii-xii..
Peffers, K., Tuunanen, T., Rothenberger, M.A., Chatterjee, S. (2007) A Design Science Research Methodology for Information Systems Research. Journal of Management Information Systems, 24 (3), 45-77
Rai, A. (2017) Diversity of Design Science Research. Editor’s Comments. MIS Quarterly, 41(1), iii-xviii.
Venable, J. (2006), The Role of Theory and Theorising in Design Science Research, Proc. DESRIST 2006, Claremont, CA.
vom Brocke, J., Watson, R., Dwyer, C., Elliot, S., & Melville, N. (2013). Green Information Systems: Directives for the IS Discipline. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 33(30), 509-520.
Winter, R. (2008) Design science research in Europe. European Journal of Information Systems, 17 (5), 470-475.


Submitted papers must make a significant and novel contribution to the existing literature. Interdisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged. JAIS does not have restrictions on length because as an electronic journal it does not have page limits. However, all manuscripts should be written concisely to avoid unnecessary length. Manuscripts that are more than 15,000 words may receive extra scrutiny from the editors, although additional latitude can be expected for some types of papers such as review articles. Full papers are to be submitted to JAIS online review system: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jais. Please follow the JAIS manuscript preparation guidelines: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/authorinfo.html.


Please contact the guest editors via jais.dsr at gmail.com. Also, please see the most up to date version of the call on: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais

More information about the AISWorld mailing list