Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 34

Volume 34, Issue 3, Pages 264-278

Summer 2023

A Proficiency Model for Design Science Research Education

Alan R. Hevner
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620, USA

Jan vom Brocke
University of Münster
Münster, 48149, Germany

Abstract: Design science research (DSR) produces knowledge via the design and evaluation of innovative solutions to real-world problems. DSR provides an improved understanding of how and why the solutions work. While DSR is being widely embraced in many research disciplines, its educational pedagogy so far remains immature with little guidance on how best to inform and train various audiences on relevant and rigorous DSR skillsets. Grounded on the authors’ wide experience in designing and delivering DSR courses over the past decades, we develop a “DSR Proficiency Model” to highlight key skills required to succeed in planning, applying, and communicating DSR. We recognize the different educational environments and student backgrounds that DSR courses must accommodate and provide actionable guidance for mapping the proficiency model to academic, training, and executive audiences. Informative examples demonstrate how we have structured DSR curricula for different academic and executive education programs.

Keywords: Design science research (DSR), Educational pedagogy, Proficiency model, DSR curricula, Design science education

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Recommended Citation: Hevner, A. R., & vom Brocke, J. (2023). A Proficiency Model for Design Science Research Education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 34(3), 264-278.