Knowledge Contribution Diagrams for Design Science Research: A Novel Graphical Technique

David G. Schwartz, Inbal Yahav

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Abstract

We extend Gregor and Hevner’s knowledge contribution framework (KCF) to cover complex IS artifacts comprised of multiple sub-artifacts. Drawing from the work of Lee, Thomas, and Baskerville which advocates a return to the IS artifact in design science research, we initially extend knowledge contribution evaluation to include distinct information, social, and technology artifacts, by adding graphical elements to create a Knowledge Contribution Diagram (KCD). Additional artifact types are added to show extensibility and expressive power. We demonstrate the approach on four research articles, two from the original set classified by Gregor and Hevner, and two from more recent publications. KCD create an expressive visual evaluation tool. Better articulation of multiple knowledge contributions from complex information system artifacts can improve the appreciation of DSR knowledge contributions in the field. The proposed technique is intuitive, extensible, and can add expressiveness to all design science research reporting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Next Wave of Sociotechnical Design - 16th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2021, Proceedings
EditorsLeona Chandra Kruse, Stefan Seidel, Geir Inge Hausvik
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages174-187
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030824044
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event16th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 4 Aug 20216 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12807 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period4/08/216/08/21

Keywords

  • Design science
  • Graphic
  • IS artifact
  • Knowledge contribution

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