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Juhani Iivari, Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen & Amir Haj-Bolouri (2021) A proposal for minimum reusability evaluation of design principles, European Journal of Information Systems, 30:3, 286-303, DOI: 10.1080/0960085X.2020.1793697

A proposal for minimum reusability evaluation of design principles

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Author: Iivari, Juhani1; Hansen, Magnus Rotvit Perlt2; Haj-Bolouri, Amir3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Roskilde University, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde, Denmark
3University West, Informatics, Trollhättan, Sweden
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-07-21


Many Design Science Research (DSR) papers in Information Systems (IS) suggest sets of design principles (DPs) that provide knowledge for creating instances, in different contexts, of IT artefacts that belong to the same class. However, despite frameworks for evaluating DSR contributions, the evaluation of DP reusability to, with and for practitioners has been largely neglected. We suggest that in order to maintain the practical relevance of DSR, papers with DPs as their key outcomes should contain a reusability evaluation of the proposed principles. We propose a framework of minimum reusability evaluation of DPs by members of the target community of practitioners. The framework comprises five criteria: (1) accessibility, (2) importance, (3) novelty and insightfulness, (4) actability and guidance, and (5) effectiveness.

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Series: European journal of information systems
ISSN: 0960-085X
ISSN-E: 1476-9344
ISSN-L: 0960-085X
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Pages: 286 - 303
DOI: 10.1080/0960085X.2020.1793697
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © Taylor & Francis 2020. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Information Systems on 21 July 2020, available online: