Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science

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Abstract

Current proposals for combining action research and design science start with a concrete problem in an organization, then apply an artifact to improve the problem, and finally reflect on lessons learned. The aim of these combinations is to reduce the tension between relevance and rigor. This paper proposes another way of using action research in design science, which starts with an artifact, and then tests it under conditions of practice by solving concrete problems with them. The aim of this way of using action research in design science is to bridge the gap between the idealizations made when designing the artifact and the concrete conditions of practice that occur in real-world problems. The paper analyzes the role of idealization in design science and compares it with the requirements of rigor and relevance. It then proposes a way of bridging the gap between idealization and practice by means of action research, called technical action research (TAR) in this paper. The core of TAR is that the researcher plays three roles, which must be kept logically separate, namely of artifact developer, artifact investigator, and client helper. Finally, TAR is compared to other approaches of using action research in design science, and with canonical action research.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationDesign Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012
EditorsKen Peffers, Marcus Rothenberger, Bill Kuechler
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer
Pages220-238
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-29862-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Event7th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems 2012 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 14 May 201215 May 2012
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume7286
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems 2012
Abbreviated titleDESRIST 2012
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period14/05/1215/05/12

Keywords

  • METIS-286354
  • IR-80460
  • SCS-Services
  • IS-Design science methodology
  • EWI-21840

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Wieringa, R. J., & Morali, A. (2012). Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science. In K. Peffers, M. Rothenberger, & B. Kuechler (Eds.), Design Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012 (pp. 220-238). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 7286). London: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29863-9_17
Wieringa, Roelf J. ; Morali, A. / Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science. Design Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012. editor / Ken Peffers ; Marcus Rothenberger ; Bill Kuechler. London : Springer, 2012. pp. 220-238 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
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Wieringa, RJ & Morali, A 2012, Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science. in K Peffers, M Rothenberger & B Kuechler (eds), Design Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7286, Springer, London, pp. 220-238, 7th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems 2012, Las Vegas, United States, 14/05/12. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29863-9_17

Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science. / Wieringa, Roelf J.; Morali, A.

Design Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012. ed. / Ken Peffers; Marcus Rothenberger; Bill Kuechler. London : Springer, 2012. p. 220-238 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 7286).

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Wieringa RJ, Morali A. Technical Action Research as a Validation Method in Information Systems Design Science. In Peffers K, Rothenberger M, Kuechler B, editors, Design Science Research in Information Systems. Advances in Theory and Practice 7th International Conference, DESRIST 2012. London: Springer. 2012. p. 220-238. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29863-9_17