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Iivari, Netta; Kuutti, Kari (2017) Towards critical design science research. In: Proceedings of Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017), Seoul, South Korea, December 10-13, 2017, pp. 1-15.

Towards critical design science research

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Author: Iivari, Netta1; Kuutti, Kari1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu P.O. Box 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: International Conference on Informations Systems, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-01-11


We argue for combining the forces of Design Science Research (DSR) and the critical research traditions. In Information Systems (IS) research, design science research (DSR) has gained momentum during the past decade, while critical research has characterized IS research thorough the years, in the margins at least. However, critical DSR remains a blind-spot in IS research. Critical research provides invaluable insights into and critiques of power, politics, oppression, and domination in IS development and use as well as advocates the empowerment of the oppressed, while critical DSR could distinctively contribute to the critical agenda through design and technology. Inspired by the developments in Human Computer Interaction research, we introduce critical DSR into the IS discourse. We show there is more diversity to DSR than currently acknowledged and identify various fascinating — and critical — DSR approaches. A categorization showing this variety is proposed and a research agenda for critical DSR outlined.

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Series: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
ISSN: 1026-1079
ISSN-L: 1026-1079
Pages: 1 - 15
Host publication: Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017). 10-12 December 2017, Seoul, Korea
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2017 The Authors and Association for information systems.