Doctoral Seminar: Designing Design Science Research

This seminar focuses on planning and conducting design science research. It is intended for PhD students in Information Systems (IS). The goal of the seminar is to provide students with insights into how to plan and conduct design science research. To achieve this goal, students will engage in a number of activities in preparation and during this three-day course, including lectures on design science research, presentations of their own work, and in-class discussions. The course format offers an interactive learning experience and the unique opportunity to obtain individualized feedback from leading IS researchers and fellow PhD students on current PhD projects.

With respect to the intended learning outcomes, the course puts design science research, rigor and relevance in focus of all steps of the research process, for example:

theoretical quality: theoretical quality relates to challenges surrounding the contribution of a PhD work to the scientific knowledge base: What implications and opportunities are created by the research for the scientific community? How appropriate is the use of existing theory and design knowledge in the research process? How much value is being produced by the research? How can design science research projects contribute to resolving interesting research problems?

methodological quality: methodological quality relates to challenges in designing and executing a research plan to find an answer to a stated research question: Is the design science research project planned according to state-of-the-art methodological knowledge? Are context, requirements and risks appropriately addressed? Is the design transparent, evidence-based, executable and feasible?

To discuss each PhD project in detail and guarantee high quality feedback and advice, the course is limited to a maximum of twelve participants.