Design Science Research has been well accepted as part of
Information Systems Research. The discussion about the research
process and the structure of design theories has been going on for
some time. While research has been done on the relation between
design theories and other types of theories, not much has been
said about how design knowledge can be re-used. Other
disciplines refer to such re-use as “generalisation” and “transfer”.
We define a three-level separation of design abstraction (short-,
mid-, and long-range) and show how knowledge re-use strategies
operate between and within them, as well as how they relate to
generalisation and transfer. Each strategy is supported by a case
from an existing publication, showing that the types of design
theories and the research strategies can be found in practice. We
argue that these research strategies can provide guidelines to
researchers and reviewers for planning, performing and evaluation
Design Science Research.