Track Chairs

Stefan Morana, PhD, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Email:

Alan R. Hevner, Professor, University of South Florida, USA. Email:

Barbara Weber, Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. Email:

Marc T. P. Adam, Senior Lecturer, The University of Newcastle, Australia. Email:


Track Description

Design Research in Information Systems

Interacting with information technology (IT) has become a pervasive element in private and business life. In a sharing society with the advanced development of IT, humans need to constantly adjust to the latest technological circumstances and adapt their routines and habits accordingly. Similarly, system designers need to build on a profound theoretical and methodological knowledge base for the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel artefacts in a highly competitive and dynamic market environment. The interdisciplinary area of design research in Information Systems is concerned with informing the design of IT artefacts by establishing and applying comprehensive (design) theories, exploring and testing models with rigorous research, providing validated evaluation methods and design guidelines, as well as designing and evaluating IT artefacts.

In information systems, scholars can follow different approaches when engaging in design-oriented research. Firstly, researchers can engage in artefact creation following design science research (DSR). Here, the focus is to identify and understand an important real-world problem and provide a solution for it by building and evaluating artefacts. Researchers thereby can contribute with theory-grounded and artefact-centric design knowledge to the scientific knowledge base. Secondly, researchers can engage in understanding and investigating specific design elements of an information system by conducting empirical research, both qualitatively and quantitatively (e.g., interviews, laboratory experiments, surveys). By doing so, researchers can also contribute valuable design knowledge.

The aim of this track is to stimulate research that extends the scientific knowledge base for design research in information systems in general and for the sharing society in particular. We thereby seek research that produces novel design knowledge about IT artefacts for addressing real-world problems (e.g., data-driven design, digital assistants, socially influencing systems), methodological contributions for the design of such systems (e.g., cross-disciplinary research, participatory-design, user experience engineering), as well as research addressing the implications of specific design elements of information systems (e.g. flow, privacy). We welcome a diversity of submissions focusing on designing, developing, and evaluating IT artefacts, adding to the theoretical and methodological knowledge base about design research in information systems and the role of design research in problem domains (Rai, 2017), and exploring tool support for design science research (Morana et al., forthcoming).


Suggested Topics:

  • Action design research

  • Behavior design, gamification, and persuasive systems

  • Conversational interfaces, chatbots, and digital assistants

  • Data-driven design of information systems

  • Designing human behavior in electronic markets and the sharing society

  • Design processes, principles of design, and modularity in design in information systems

  • Design science and cross-disciplinary research

  • Designing tools for the sharing society

  • Emerging methods and tools for design science research

  • Ethics in design science research

  • Considering emotion, flow, and technostress in information systems design

  • Evaluation of design science research

  • Using NeuroIS methods and tools for design science research

  • Participatory design and human-centered design of information systems

  • Usability and user experience (UX) engineering

  • Theorizing in design science research



Morana, S., vom Brocke, J., Maedche, A., Seidel, S., Adam, M., Bub, U., Fettke, P., Gau, M., Herwix, A., Mullarkey, M. T., Nguyen, H. D., Sjöström, J., Toreini, P., Wessel, L., Winter, R. (in press). Tool Support for Design Science Research - Towards a Software Ecosystem: A Report from a DESRIST 2017 Workshop, Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

Rai, A. (2017). Editor’s comment: Diversity of design science research. MIS Quarterly, 41(1), iii-xviii.


Publishing Opportunities in Leading Journals

High quality and relevant papers from this track will be considered for selection for fast-tracked development towards publication in one of two journals, namely AIS Transaction on Human-Computer Interaction ( and Internet Research ( Selected papers will need to expand in content and length in line with the requirements for standard research articles published in the respective journal. Although the track co-chairs are committed to guiding the selected papers towards final publication, further reviews may be needed before final publication decision can be made.

AIS Transaction on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI) is a high-quality peer-reviewed international scholarly journal on Human-Computer Interaction. THCI is oriented to the Information Systems community, emphasizing applications in business, managerial, organizational, and cultural contexts. However, it is open to all related communities that share intellectual interests in HCI phenomena and issues.

Internet Research (IntR) is an international and refereed journal that is indexed and abstracted in major databases (e.g., SSCI, SCI, ABI/INFORM Global). The topics published in IntR are broad and interdisciplinary in nature. The 2016 impact factor of the journal is 2.931.


Track Associate Editors

1. Agnis Stibe, Professor, ESLSCA Business School Paris, France

2. Alexander Maedche, Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

3. Alfred Benedikt Brendel, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Goettingen, Germany

4. Bonnie Anderson, Professor, Brigham Young University, USA

5. Debra VanderMeer, Associate Professor, Florida International University, USA

6. Hannes Rothe, Assistant Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

7. Jennifer Xu, Associate Professor, Bentley University, USA

8. John Venable, Associate Professor, Curtin University, Australia                         

9. Mala Kaul, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

10. Mareike Möhlmann, Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School, UK

11.  Matthew Mullarkey, Instructor/Director, University of South Florida, USA            

12.  Milena Head, Professor, McMaster University, Canada

13. Pierre-Majorique Léger, Professor, HEC Montréal, Canada

14. Timm Teubner, Assistant Professor, Technical University Berlin, Germany