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Abstract

This article summarizes the current state-of-the-art of design science research (DSR) in the management discipline and shows implications for DSR in Information Systems (IS). The objective is to provide a novel perspective for IS DSR beyond a focus on the IT artifact and its application context.

Based on a review of the management literature, the current state-of-the-art of management DSR is condensed into a comprehensive approach. Its benefits for the IS discipline are illustrated by applying the approach to two typical directions of IS research: traditional IT artifact-centric DSR and DSR for IS/IT management or IT project management organizations.

In addition, a novel approach to define IS DSR artifacts, as well as more differentiated views of artifact relevance and of the impacts of artifact instantiations are presented and discussed.

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