Design science methodology: principles and practice

Roelf J. Wieringa

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    Design scientists have to balance the demands of methodological rigor that they share with purely curiosity-driven scientists, with the demands of practical utility that they share with utility-driven engineers. Balancing these conflicting demands can be conceptually complex and may lead to methodological mistakes. For example, treating a design question as an empirical research question may lead to researcher to omit the identification of the practical problem to solve, to omit the identification of stakeholder-motivated evaluation criteria, or to omit trade-off and sensitivity analysis. This tutorial aims to clear up this methodological mist in the case of software engineering (SE) research.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010
    Event32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2010 - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 2 May 20108 May 2010
    Conference number: 32


    Conference32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2010
    Abbreviated titleICSE
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityCape Town


    • SCS-Services
    • IS-Design science methodology
    • IR-83379
    • EWI-22392

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