Action Design Research as a Method-in-Use: Problems and Opportunities

Amir Haj-Bolouri, Sandeep Purao, Matti Rossi, Lennarth Bernhardsson

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This paper reports on the results of a study to investigate how scholars engage with and use the action design research (ADR) approach. ADR has been acknowledged as an important variant of the Design Science Research approach, and has been adopted by a number of scholars, as the methodological basis for doctoral dissertations as well as multidisciplinary research projects. With thisuse, the research community is learning about how to apply ADR's central tenets in different contexts. In this paper, we draw on primary data from researchers who have recently engaged in or finished an ADR project to identify recurring problems and opportunities related to working in different ADR stages, balancing demands from practice and research, and addressing problem instance vs. class of problems. Our work contributes a greater understanding of how ADR projects are carried out in practice, how researchers use ADR, and pointers to possibilities for extending ADR.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning the Digital Transformation: DESRIST 2017 Research in Progress Proceedings
EditorsAlexander Maedche, Jan vom Brocke, Alan Hevner
PublisherKIT Publishers
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference in Design Science Research in Information Technology and Systems - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 30 May 20171 Jun 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameKIT Scientific Working Papers
PublisherKIT Publishers
ISSN (Print)2194-1629


ConferenceInternational Conference in Design Science Research in Information Technology and Systems
Abbreviated titleDESRIST


  • Action design research
  • Use
  • Design science research and practice


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