Gregor and Jones have proposed components for design theories, building on theory concepts from behavioural sciences and prior publications. Their design theory structure addresses IT artefacts in general, not specific to any type, such as constructs, models, methods or instantiations. Their work is an important contribution to the academic discussion of design theories. The authors are building on this and believe that specialised design theory structures for different types of artefacts further increases utility, usability and acceptance of the components for both academia and practise. They have analysed each of the components published by Gregor and Jones and proposed refinements specific to method design artefacts wherever applicable. For each component, they derive evaluation criteria and present examples of method publications fulfilling the criteria. They argue that by presenting method design theories according to this structure the contribution of method design artefacts to the body of knowledge will increase.
Offermann, Philipp; Blom, Sören; and Bub, Udo
"Proposal for Components of Method Design Theories - Increasing the Utility of Method Design Artefacts,"
Business & Information Systems Engineering:
Vol. 2: Iss. 5, 295-304.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/bise/vol2/iss5/4