CfP ECIS 2019 Design Research in IS

27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2019)
June 8th – 14th 2019 / Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden (

Track “Design Research in Information Systems”

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Interacting with information technology (IT) has become a pervasive element in private and business life. In a sharing society with the advanced development of IT, humans need to constantly adjust to the latest technological circumstances and adapt their routines and habits accordingly. Similarly, system designers need to build on a profound theoretical and methodological knowledge base for the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel artefacts in a highly competitive and dynamic market environment. The interdisciplinary area of design research in Information Systems is concerned with informing the design of IT artefacts by establishing and applying comprehensive (design) theories, exploring and testing models with rigorous research, providing validated evaluation methods and design guidelines, as well as designing and evaluating IT artefacts.
In information systems, scholars can follow different approaches when engaging in design-oriented research. Firstly, researchers can engage in artefact creation following design science research (DSR). Here, the focus is to identify and understand an important real-world problem and provide a solution for it by building and evaluating artefacts. Researchers thereby can contribute with theory-grounded and artefact-centric design knowledge to the scientific knowledge base. Secondly, researchers can engage in understanding and investigating specific design elements of an information system by conducting empirical research, both qualitatively and quantitatively (e.g., interviews, laboratory experiments, surveys). By doing so, researchers can also contribute valuable design knowledge.
The aim of this track is to stimulate research that extends the scientific knowledge base for design research in information systems in general and for the sharing society in particular. We thereby seek research that produces novel design knowledge about IT artefacts for addressing real-world problems (e.g., data-driven design, digital assistants, socially influencing systems), methodological contributions for the design of such systems (e.g., cross-disciplinary research, participatory-design, user experience engineering), as well as research addressing the implications of specific design elements of information systems (e.g. flow, privacy). We welcome a diversity of submissions focusing on designing, developing, and evaluating IT artefacts, adding to the theoretical and methodological knowledge base about design research in information systems and the role of design research in problem domains (Rai, 2017), and exploring tool support for design science research (Morana et al., forthcoming).

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