Design science, engineering science and requirements engineering

Roelf J. Wieringa, Johannes M.G. Heerkens

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For several decades there has been a debate in the computing sciences about the relative roles of design and empirical research, and about the contribution of design and research methodology to the relevance of research results. In this minitutorial we review this debate and compare it with evidence about the relation between design and research in the history of science and technology. Our review shows that research and design are separate but concurrent activities, and that relevance of research results depends on problem setting rather than on rigorous methods. We argue that rigorous scientific methods separate design from research, and we give simple model for how to do this in a problem-driven way.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication16th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780769533094
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event16th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 Sep 200812 Sep 2008

Publication series

PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


Conference16th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2008


  • EWI-13460
  • SCS-Services
  • IR-64987
  • METIS-249634
  • IS-Design science methodology

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