Few guidelines exist for industry practitioners on the performance measurement of IT Service Management (ITSM). Little academic research has been conducted on the performance measurement of ITSM. We propose to develop a framework and contingency theory for the performance measurement of ITSM by using a combination of methods and paradigms. We present a novel approach of mixed methods combining rigour and relevance. A review of the existing industry and academic literature reveals that there exists a gap in theory for performance measurement of ITSM. There is also a lack of a contextualised performance measurement framework for ITSM. Reflecting on the progress to date we find benefits in a mixed-method approach that engages with industry practitioners and academics. We share our reflections on the lessons learnt from taking this approach. Our study contributes to theory and practice in the performance measurement of ITSM. We present research in progress detailing the design, application, and critical evaluation of the research methods used in the development and evaluation of theories in information systems in relation to the performance measurement of ITSM.


Multi-paradigmatic, Mixed-methods, Systematic Literature Review, Performance Measurement, Design Science


ISBN: [978-1-86435-644-1]; Research-in-progress paper