Design science research contributions: Finding a balance between artifact and theory

Richard Baskerville, Abayomi Baiyere, Shirley Gregor, Alan Hevner, Matti Rossi

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With the rising interest in Design Science Research (DSR), it is crucial to engage in the ongoing debate on what constitutes an acceptable contribution for publishing DSR - the design artifact, the design theory, or both. In this editorial, we provide some constructive guidance across different positioning statements with actionable recommendations for DSR authors and reviewers. We expect this editorial to serve as a foundational step towards clarifying misconceptions about DSR contributions and to pave the way for the acceptance of more DSR papers to top IS journals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-376
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeB1 Non-refereed journal articles


  • Artifact
  • Design science research (DSR)
  • Design theory
  • DSR impacts
  • DSR processes


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