Design Science is the scientific study of design i.e. the study of the artificial as opposed to the natural (Gregory 1966; Simon 1996). Design science includes the process of creating IT artifacts such as “constructs (vocabulary and symbols), models (abstractions and representations), methods (algorithms and practices), and instantiations (implemented and prototype systems)” (2004, p. 77) on the basis of a systematic body of evidence. Hevner et al. (2004) provide a set of seven guidelines which help information systems researchers conduct, evaluate and present design-science research. The seven guidelines address design as an artifact, problem relevance, design evaluation, research contributions, research rigor, design as a search process, and research communication (Hevner et al. 2004) .

  1. Can IT artifacts be created without Design Science? If yes, why do we need design science?
  2. Does the field of Information Systems prosper because of Design Science?
  3. How does design science as a methodology differ from other methodologies used in management and systems development research?
  4. Future opportunities and frontiers in Design Science

The panel will discuss these topics with a focus on how to create better IT artifacts using Design Science.