What Is a ‘Wicked Problem’ for IS Research?

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Abstract

This study investigates the types of research problem for which Design Science Research (DSR) is suitable. This requires that DSR approaches are compared and contrasted with traditional empirical approaches, in order to determine the strengths and weakness of each paradigm. From this distinction, three guidelines are presented to allow Information Systems (IS) researchers to identify appropriate research problems for DSR, namely (1) when the prescriptive aspect of the research problem is less mature than the descriptive or normative aspect of the research problem, (2) when causal factors impacting upon the problem variable are difficult to identify and/or isolate, and (3) when mediating influences and interactions between causal factors impacting upon the problem variable are difficult to identify and/or isolate. These three guidelines are discussed in the context of the IS design literature, and illustrated using examples of existing DSR studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on ”IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement”
Number of pages12
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on ”IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement” : ADWI 2013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Jun 20135 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceThe 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on ”IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement”
CountryNetherlands
CityTilburg
Period05/06/201305/06/2013

Keywords

  • Design science research
  • Wicked problems
  • Guidelines

Cite this

Gleasure, R. (2013). What Is a ‘Wicked Problem’ for IS Research? In Proceedings of the 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on ”IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement”
Gleasure, Rob. / What Is a ‘Wicked Problem’ for IS Research?. Proceedings of the 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on ”IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement”. 2013.
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