Doctoral Consortium and Workshops

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | Morning | On-site only

Doctoral Consortium (for accepted participants only) On-site only

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | Morning | On-site only

“Design Science Research Methodology”

This workshop aims at presenting and reflecting several recent advancements of DSR methodology. After an introduction and discussion of backgrounds and ambitions, selected aspects will be presented and discussed:

  • Utilizing, producing, and contributing design knowledge in DSR Projects
  • Knowledge accumulation and evolution in and across DSR projects
  • Design Science Research proficiencies
  • DSR Outcome Typology

Presenters: Prof Robert Winter, Al Hevner

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | Morning| On-site only

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the "Transparency in Design Science Research" workshop has been canceled. (2 May 2023)

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | Afternoon| On-site only

" Best Practices and Challenges in DSR Education"

Students and doctoral candidates in Information Systems (IS) are repeatedly confront-ed with the task of implementing theoretical concepts in practice and evaluating them with users during their studies or doctoral work. In doing so, they often lack the methodological skill set. This is exactly where Design Science Research (DSR) pro-vides support.

DSR offers an important paradigm for conducting applicable and rigorous research about real-world design problems. DSR aims to generate prescriptive knowledge about the design of IS artifacts, such as software, methods, models, or concepts. DSR is a promising methodology that intends to generate knowledge on the design of innovative solutions to real-world problems. As such, DSR is specifically useful in contributing to the solution of societally and practically relevant challenges.
At the same time, matured methodological foundations are available today, specifically supporting publishing DSR research both at conferences and top-tier journals. DSR has become a permanent teaching component in many undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. The variety of materials, courses, and papers make it difficult to select high-quality materials. In addition, there is the challenge of implementing these materials practically and in relation to one’s own project. Thus, there is a lack of a uniform concept and a DSR curriculum.

To date, there is a lack of a tool that bundles high-quality materials on the application and implementation of DSR. Students and researchers lack guidance in selecting high-quality teaching materials. There is also a lack of a channel to consume and disseminate knowledge from experienced DSR researchers.

This workshop provides a forum for discussing research related to teaching DSR. We aim to enable researchers and iconic authors to exchange their experience and knowledge.

Presenters:  Prof. Jan Marco Leimeister, Prof. Tuure Tuunanen, Prof. Jan vom Brocke, Gregor Kipping, and Ernestine Dickhaut.

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | Afternoon| On-site only

"Practicing Design Science Research for Society 5.0"

Knowledge sharing in Society 5.0 [1] is the ultimate leveler of the proverbial “playing field”. The co- creation with practitioners at the level of analysis – individual, group, organizational, enterprise, ecosystem -where the sticky, wicked problems of Society 5.0 exist becomes primordial. Design Science Research and its practitioners are uniquely well placed to conduct practice-inspired, theory-ingrained where novel solutions “emerge” from a collaboration of the practitioner and the scholar. The fundamental challenge lies with the researchers’ access to people and data and insights at the level that the problem exists. How do the most successful DSR researchers identify and engage with practitioners living with Society 5.0 challenges where the problem domain and solution domain are poorly understood.

We offer a panel session that will evolve into small team workshop work groups to answer the following questions:

  • How are the approaches similar and different from culture to culture, continent to continent?
  • How can our lived experience in the conduct of DSR in situ with practitioners inform others?
  • What is the transdisciplinary method to identify, diagnosis, design, and implement novel solutions?
  • How does one organize practitioner-scholar teams to iteratively design and build novel artifacts infused with authentic, concurrent evaluation that seek to solve the wicked problems of Society 5.0?
  • How can the lived experiences of professors, doctoral students, and practitioners inform the current and next generation on the conduct of successful DSR with practitioners?
  • What are the most frequent types of engagement – how are they similar and different?
  • How has DSR contributed to multidisciplinarity and to theory?


Hossana Twinomurinzi, University of Johannesburg
Pieter Buys, North West University
Sanlie Middelberg, North West University
Elbie Ward, Senior Director, SA Medical Scheme
Brian Donnellan, Maynooth University
Matthew Mullarkey, University of South Florida