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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 2, ECRM / Dec 2012  pp53‑153

Editor: Ann Brown

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Editorial for the ECRM 2012 Special Issue of EJBRM  pp53‑53

Ann Brown

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Integrating Sustainable Development into Research Ethics Protocols  pp54‑63

Anthony Stacey, Julie Stacey

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A Multi‑Methodological Framework for the Design and Evaluation of Complex Research Projects and Reports in Business and Management Studies  pp64‑76

Hendrik Marais

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Looking at the Past to Enrich the Future: A Reflection on Klein and Myers’ Quality Criteria for Interpretive Research  pp77‑88

Ana Cardoso, Isabel Ramos

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A Proposal and Evaluation of a Design Method in Design Science Research  pp89‑100

Francis Gacenga, Aileen Cater-Steel, Mark Toleman, Wui-Gee Tan

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A Technical Guide to Effective and Accessible Web Surveys  pp101‑109

Greg Baatard

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Generating a new Interview Method by using Sensing Technology to Assess Human Emotions  pp110‑120

Yayoi Hirose, Kiyoshi Itao, Tomohiro Umeda

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The Educational Scorecard: The Start of our Journey  pp121‑131

Vivienne Griggs, Michelle Blackburn, Joanna Smith

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Research Philosophy Debates and Classifications: Students’ Dilemma  pp132‑140

Marcia Mkansi, Edwin Asiamah Acheampong

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Eating our own Cooking: Toward a More Rigorous Design Science of Research Methods  pp141‑153

John Venable, Richard Baskerville

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Abstract

This paper argues that Design Science is an appropriate paradigm for research into Research Methods. Research Methods (along with their tools and techniques) are purposeful artefacts, designed and created by people to achieve a specific purpose – i.e. to create new, truthful knowledge. Like other artefacts, research methods vary in their fitness to purpose, i.e. in their utility, depending on their fit and appropriate application to the particular purpose, contexts, and contingencies for which they were developed. Design Science Research aims at developing new purposeful artefacts with evidence of their utility. Applying a DSR perspective to research methods should yield increased utility in the application of research methods, better guidance in applying them and greater confidence in achieving the desired outcomes of applying them. Based on these premises, this paper reviews the basic concerns and issues in Design Science Research (using the balanced scorecard as an example purposeful artefact), then analyses the logical consequences of taking a Design Science perspective on research methods (using the Partial Least Square approach as an example research method purposeful artefact). First, it analyses the various purposes of research methods to clarify the alternative and competing design goals of research methods. Second, it analyses and characterises the types of purposeful (design) artefacts that comprise research methods. Third, it considers issues of the evaluation of research methods. Fourth and finally, it considered the development of design theories of research methods. 

 

Keywords: research method, research design, design science research, evaluation, design theory, research rigour

 

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