City Research Online

Opening up design science: The challenge of designing for reuse and joint development

Krogh, G. V. & Haefliger, S. (2010). Opening up design science: The challenge of designing for reuse and joint development. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 19, pp. 232-241. doi: 10.1016/j.jsis.2010.09.008


The purpose of this paper is to advance design science by developing a framework for research on reuse and the relationship between external IT artifacts and their users. A design science approach to IS research needs to grapple with the fact that a number of relevant, economically attractive, external IT artifacts cannot be designed from scratch nor meaningfully evaluated based on the current state of development, and so design science research will struggle with incomplete cycles of design, relevance, and rigor. We suggest a strategic research agenda that integrates the design of the relationship between an external IT artifact and the user by considering the impact artifacts exert on users. Three dimensions derived from adaptive structuration theory inform our framework on three levels of design granularity (middle management, top management, and entrepreneur): agenda considers the dynamic properties of technological objects, adaptability refers to the functional affordance of external artifacts in development, and auspice captures the symbolic expression and scope for interpretation. We derive implications for research design.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Journal of Strategic Information Systems. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Volume 19, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 232–241,
Publisher Keywords: Design science; IT artifact; Open Source software; Adaptive structuration; Inter-organizational information systems; Strategic management of IT
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
PDF - Accepted Version
Download (427kB) | Preview



Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login