Enacting design science with action research: An illustrative case study in methodology development
Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science
At face value, the relationship between Design Science Research and Action Research seems to be a natural one and has been under some discussion in the IS field. This paper reports on a research project that used an Action Research approach to enact Design Science Research. The paper describes why and how the approach was used, relating it to an existing model of Design Science Research activities. The fit of Action Research, as enacted in the study, to this model is described. The appropriateness and benefits of undertaking an Action Research approach are evaluated. The findings are that Action Research has an excellent fit with Design Science Research and is particularly useful as a means of naturalistic evaluation of Design Science artifacts and IS Design Theories, but also is very useful for building new Design Science theories/hypotheses and creating opportunities for developing new Design Science artifacts.