Work-Integrated Learning as an Outcome of Using Action Design Research in Practice

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  • Amir Haj-Bolouri
  • Christian Master Östlund
  • Matti Rossi
  • Lars Svensson

Research units

  • University West


This paper highlights Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as an outcome of using Action Design Research (ADR) in practice. We argue that ADR is a subtype of Design Science Research (DSR) and a prominent method for facilitating mutually beneficial collaboration between academia and practice. Subsequently, we tie our work around ADR and WIL to the Scandinavian school of IS-research and worker participation, by emphasizing reflective practice on both researcher and practitioner side. We demonstrate this through two empirical cases and four case episodes. Consequently, the cases highlight building, intervention, and evaluation in the areas of civic orientation and county administration. The narrative around each case focuses on ADR-activities that mediate reflection and learning through iterative cycles. Outcomes from the cases are reported as WIL-outcomes and finally, we conclude this paper by briefly suggesting two implications for future relevant research.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtending the Boundaries of Design Science Theory and Practice - 14th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2019, Proceedings
EditorsGondy Leroy, Bengisu Tulu, Soussan Djamasbi
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology - Worcester, United States
Duration: 4 Jun 20196 Jun 2019
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11491 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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

    Research areas

  • Action Design Research, Design Science Research, Reflective practice, Work-Integrated learning

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