Information Systems Design Science (ISDS) as a research community is limited by a small number of research frameworks with considerable influence. The small triad of influential ISDS research, consisting of Walls, et al (1992), March and Smith (1995), and Hevner et al (2004) have primarily limited ISDS research to the positivist paradigm and the IT artefact. In contrast, Herbert Simon's intentions for design science never had such restrictions and intended a broader perspective. This essay explores Simon?s intentions for design science, the Simonian stream of thought that includes The Sciences of the Artificial, as well as much of his most notable research, and offers an informed view of design science in the tradition of Rortyian neopragmatism.
Levy, Matthew and Hirschheim, Rudy, "REMOVING THE POSITIVIST STRAIGHT JACKET FROM INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGN SCIENCE RESEARCH" (2012). ECIS 2012 Proceedings. 9.