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posted on 14.10.2020 by NH Thuan, Andreas Drechsler, Pedro Antunes
© 2019 by the Association for Information Systems. Posing research questions represents a fundamental step to guide and direct how researchers develop knowledge in research. In design science research (DSR), researchers need to pose research questions to define the scope and the modes of inquiry, characterize the artifacts, and communicate the contributions. Despite the importance of research questions, research provides few guidelines on how to construct suitable DSR research questions. We fill this gap by exploring ways of constructing DSR research questions and analyzing the research questions in a sample of 104 DSR publications. We found that about two-thirds of the analyzed DSR publications actually used research questions to link their problem statements to research approaches and that most questions focused on solving problems. Based on our analysis, we derive a typology of DSR question formulation to provide guidelines and patterns that help researchers formulate research questions when conducting their DSR projects.

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RSL - 6 months - 7 Jan 2018 to 6 July 2018 (2 months overseas)

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Thuan, N. H., Drechsler, A. & Antunes, P. (2019). Construction of design science research questions. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 44(1), 332-363. https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.04420

Journal title

Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Volume

44

Issue

1

Publication date

01/03/2019

Pagination

332-363

Publisher

Association for Information Systems

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

01/01/2019

ISSN

1529-3181

eISSN

1529-3181

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