Action research vs. design research: using practice research as a lens for comparison and integration
2013 (English)In: IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement (ADWI-2013), 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Action research and design research are two prominent research approaches in information systems. These two research approach have been claimed to be similar according to several conducted comparisons. There are, however, other claims that they are decisively dissimilar. Some scholars have proposed integrations of these two research approaches, which however show great diversity. These diversities in views of similarities, differences and integration possibilities are the main impetus for this work. This conceptual inquiry takes a new angle in comparing and integrating action research and design research. It uses a third position, the research approach of practice research as a yardstick and integration instrument. Action research and design research are studied and compared using practice research. This comparison has been driven further to a proposed integration within the conceptualisation of practice research. An integrated model of action research and design research is presented and given the label practice research through intervention and design (PR-ID).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Information systems, action research, design research, practice research, research approach, pragmatism
Information Systems, Social aspects
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103228OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103228DiVA: diva2:688095
The 2nd international SIG Prag workshop on IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement (ADWI-2013), 5 June, 2013, Tilburg, the Netherlands