Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 34

Volume 34, Issue 3, Pages 307-325

Summer 2023

Guiding Design Principle Projects: A Canvas for Young Design Science Researchers

Thorsten Schoormann
University of Hildesheim
Hildesheim, 31141, Germany

Frederik Möller
TU Braunschweig
Braunschweig, 38106, Germany

Marco Di Maria
University of Hildesheim
Hildesheim, 31141, Germany

Nick Große
TU Dortmund University
Dortmund, 44227, Germany

Abstract: Particularly young researchers face challenges in organizing large design science research (DSR) projects and often struggle to capture, communicate, and reflect on important components to produce purposeful outcomes. Making informed decisions at the project start, such as selecting suitable kernel theories and development procedures, is of great relevance because they affect the entire design process and the resulting design products. Although DSR can produce different types of outcomes, from more situational artifacts to more abstract design knowledge, scholars point to the need for generalizing insights collected in such projects to advance the knowledge base. As design principles are among the prevailing forms of such design knowledge, this paper builds a visual inquiry tool—represented as a canvas—that navigates researchers through common components for crafting design principles and leverages collaborative reflections on essential project decisions. To build our canvas, we adapt inquiry-based learning (IBL) guidelines and visual inquiry tools to DSR education. Evaluations with doctoral students revealed promising indications for the canvas’s applicability and usefulness in guiding iterative DSR projects, reflecting on basic components, and communicating work-in-progress to other scholars and practice. Overall, we complement the body of DSR literature by providing an educational visual inquiry tool for producing design principles.

Keywords: Curriculum design & development, Education, Visualization, Visual inquiry tool, Design science

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Recommended Citation: Schoormann, T., Möller, F., Di Maria, M., & Große, N. (2023). Guiding Design Principle Projects: A Canvas for Young Design Science Researchers. Journal of Information Systems Education, 34(3), 307-325.