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Recording and Reporting a DSR Using C-K Design Theory

Version 1 : Received: 7 August 2019 / Approved: 8 August 2019 / Online: 8 August 2019 (12:19:52 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 12 August 2019 / Approved: 13 August 2019 / Online: 13 August 2019 (09:55:36 CEST)

How to cite: Kirushanth, S.; Kabaso, B. Recording and Reporting a DSR Using C-K Design Theory. Preprints 2019, 2019080106 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201908.0106.v1). Kirushanth, S.; Kabaso, B. Recording and Reporting a DSR Using C-K Design Theory. Preprints 2019, 2019080106 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201908.0106.v1).

Abstract

Concept Knowledge (C-K) theory has been used in engineering and science-based research for more than a decade. Design of an Information Technology (IT) artefact is mostly pragmatic in nature. Design Science Research (DSR) methodology applied and studied in many Information Systems (IS) research. Many sub design decisions involved through the design of an IT artefact from a concept (idea) to a working prototype. A DSR artefact is based on a combination of decisions made during several sub-design stages. Artefacts are built based on the selection of elements in each sub-design space. Recording the design decisions on each sub-design space would be beneficial for future researchers. By knowing the design decisions on each sub-design space, researchers would be able to try different combinations of the design. C-K theory provides the ability to capture the design processes’ several sub-design spaces. In this paper, we discuss the DSR research methodology by looking at the stages proposed in the literature, and the application of C-K theory in an IT-based DSR. This paper also proposed a C-K theory-based protocol called Concept Tree for tracking and reporting artefact design steps. The application of C-K theory in DSR is exhibited using the implementation of the Concept Tree for a prototype design IT artefact.

Subject Areas

C-K Theory; Design Science Research; Design decisions; IT artefacts; WIM system design

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