Procedurally Transparent Design Science Research: A Design Process Model

Rob Gleasure, Joseph Feller, Brian O'Flaherty

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This paper presents a process model for Information Systems (IS) scholars conducting Design Science Research (DSR). The paper argues that the impact of DSR on the IS discipline has been inhibited by perceived limitations in the rigor of DSR studies, and that such perceptions are often due to a lack of procedural transparency surrounding the development process in DSR studies. To help address this issue, the paper presents the Process Model for increased Procedural Transparency (PMPT). A range of design literature is analyzed to identify and characterize the distinct stages of design-oriented research. These stages are laid out in a process model, which is then bound in a recursive instantiation, and demonstrated through an application. The paper concludes with a discussion of the contribution of PMPT, as well as opportunities for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Information Systems 2012
Number of pages19
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 33rd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2012 : Digital Innovation in the Service Economy - Orlando, Florida, United States
Duration: 16 Dec 201219 Dec 2012


ConferenceThe 33rd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, Florida
OtherICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
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  • Design science
  • Design theory
  • Process modeling
  • Transparency

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