The development of scientifically grounded IT artefacts significantly increased in the last decades. As a consequence, design science research emerged in the scientific field as a new research direction to explore the development of such IT artefacts. Thereby, design science research ensures to solve a real-world problem and to develop a theoretical contribution. The current literature differs by sorting design science research into specific research paradigms. As a consequence, some literature equalizes design science research with a new and innovative paradigm (developmentalist paradigm). However, in this paper we conduct a systematic comparison of the most salient characteristics of design science research and especially how they differ related to design science research as an approach or as a paradigm. Thereby, we stimulate a scholarly debate what the differences as well as possible similarities between both perceptions are.
Weber, Sven, "Comparing Key Characteristics Of Design Science Research As An Approach And Paradigm" (2012). PACIS 2012 Proceedings. 180.