Design science methodology: Principles and Practice

On October 15, 2010, the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) organizes a masterclass on Design Science methodology: Principles and Practice.The location will be Conference Center Hoog Brabant in Utrecht. The class is sceduled from 10.00-17.00 hours.The event is primarily intended for SIKS PhD-students, but also SIKS research fellows and SIKS alumni are cordially invited to participate. Although this masterclass is primarily intended for SIKS-PhD-students, other participants are not excluded. However, their number of passes will be restricted and depends on the number of SIKS-members taking the class. This masterclass is part of the Advanced Components stage of SIKS' educational program.

The engineering of information and knowledge systems is a design science, in which artefact design alternates with validation and evaluation research. This is methodologically complex because it involves a mutual nesting of design problems and research questions, as well as a balancing between abstract generalization and concrete applicability for stakeholders. This masterclass provides guidelines for the practicing IKS researcher to deal with this complexity.

We will use the engineering cycle as the top-level methodological framework for design science. Within this framework, we first treat typical engineering research questions such as the validation question what effects will be produced by the interaction between a designed artifact and a problem domain, what the valuation of these effects with respect to stakeholder goals is, what trade-offs are involved and how sensitive this is to changes in the problem domain. Next, we discuss the large range of research methods available to the IKS researcher when validating artifact designs, from lab experiments to simulations and field research. Thirdly, we will discuss the role of theories of practice in balancing abstraction with applicability, and fourthly we will provide a structure for practical design theories and show how this can be linked to the practical problems that IKS research aims to solve. Many examples from IKS research are given to illustrate the points made in the tutorial. The masterclass is summarized in the form of a set of guidelines for practicing IKS researchers.

Prof.dr. R.J. Wieringa (UT)

The final program is not known yet, but the outline is as follows:

Block 1
-Design Science
-Knowledge questions and practical problems

Block 2
-The engineering cycle

Block 3
-The research cycle

Block 4
-Mutually nested engineering and research cycles

Block 5
-Structure and content of design theories

Participation, lunch included is free for all SIKS-members and SIKS alumni. However, an early registration is required. For participation, please fill in the registration form