Design science research is a valid research methodology today in IS. Its goal is to solve wicked problems and show that IT artifacts created to solve the problem has efficacy and utility. However developing design theories or making theoretical contributions (theory as artifact) is still a challenge. This thoughtful essay is meant to provide deep insights into the interplay between theory and design and provides some answers into two big questions: 1) where should we theorize in DSR and 2) how do we holistically approach theory development in the sciences of the artificial.
Chatterjee, Samir, "Writing My next Design Science Research Master-piece: But How Do I Make a Theoretical Contribution to DSR?" (2015). ECIS 2015 Completed Research Papers. Paper 28.