Design science as experimental methodology in innovation and entrepreneurship research: A primer
Keywords:Design science, Innovation, Technological innovation, Sustainable Development Goals, Artifacts, Innovation management, Creative design, Testing
Baldassarre, B., Konietzko, J., Brown, P., Calabretta, G., Bocken, N., Karpen, I.O. & Hultink, E.J., 2020. Addressing the design-implementation gap of sustainable business models by prototyping: a tool for planning and executing small-scale pilots. Journal of Cleaner Production, 255: 120295. (Example of study informed by DS).
Dimov, D., Maula, M. & Romme, A.G.L., 2023. Crafting and assessing design science research for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 47(5): 1543-1567. https://doi.org/10.1177/10422587221128271 (Editorial that provides a set of guidelines regarding how to write a DS-based manuscript for publication in top journals in entrepreneurship domain).
Dresch, A., Lacerda, D.P. & Antunes, J.A.V., 2015. Design Science Research: A Method for Science and Technology Advancement. Springer, Cham: Switzerland. (Provides a good overview of the state of the art of DS research, including various methods for collecting and analysing data).
Hevner, A. R., March, S. T., Park, J. & Ram, S., 2004. Design science in information systems research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1): pp. 75-105. (Describes how to use DS in information systems research).
Holmström, J., Ketokivi, M. & Hameri, A.-P., 2009. Bridging practice and theory: a design science approach. Decision Sciences, 40(1): pp. 65-87. (One of the first conceptual articles advocating a DS approach for operations management research).
Hyytinen, A., Rouvinen, P., Pajarinen,M. & Virtanen, J., 2022. Ex ante predictability of rapid growth: a design science approach. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1177/10422587221128268 (Example of study informed by DS).
Meulman, F., Reymen, I.M.M.J., Podoynitsyna, K.S. & Romme, A.G.L., 2018. Searching for partners in open innovation settings: how to overcome the constraints of local search. California Management Review, 60(2): pp. 71-97. (Example of study informed by DS).
Pascal, A., Thomas, C. & Romme, A.G.L., 2013. Developing a human-centred and science-based approach to design: the knowledge management platform project. British Journal of Management, 24(2): pp. 264-280. (Example of study informed by DS).
Peltokorpi, A., Talmar, M., Castrén, K. & Holmström, J., 2019. Designing an organizational system for economically sustainable demand-side management in district heating and cooling. Journal of Cleaner Production, 219, pp. 433-442. (Example of study informed by DS).
Romme, A.G.L., 2022. Against all odds: how Eindhoven emerged as a deeptech ecosystem. Systems, 10(4): 119.
Romme, A.G.L., Avenier, M.J., Denyer, D., Hodgkinson, G.P., Pandza, K., Starkey, K. & Worren, N., 2015. Towards common ground and trading zones in management research and practice. British Journal of Management, 26(3): pp. 544–559. (This article outlines the pragmatist philosophical foundations of DS).
Romme, A.G.L., Bell, J., & Frericks, G., 2023. Designing a deep-tech venture builder to address grand challenges and overcome the valley of death. Journal of Organization Design, 12: forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41469-023-00144-y (Example of how to apply DS, outlined in the last section of this article).
Romme, A.G.L. & Dimov, D., 2021. Mixing oil with water: framing and theorizing in management research informed by design science. Designs, 5(1): 13. (Review of large number of DS-based studies in management research).
Romme, A.G.L. & Holmström, J. 2023. From theories to tools: calling for research on technological innovation informed by design science. Technovation, 121: 102692. (Editorial piece that provides a set of recommendations for how to develop tools with DS).
Romme, A.G.L. & Reymen, I.M.M.J., 2018. Entrepreneurship at the interface of design and science: toward an inclusive framework. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 10: e00094. (Outlines several DS-based studies and describes the DS cycle in Figure 1 in more detail).
Schutselaars, J., Romme, A.G.L., Bell, J., Bobelyn, A.S.A., & Van Scheijndel, R., 2023. Designing and testing a tool that connects the value proposition of deep-tech ventures to SDGs. Designs 7: 50. (Example of application of DS).
Simon, H.A., 1969. The Sciences of the Artificial, 1st edition (3rd edition published in 1996). MIT Press, Cambridge, MA: USA. (This monograph compares the design and science paradigms and advocates a DS approach to the business, architecture, education and various other disciplines).
Van Burg, E., Romme, A.G.L., Gilsing, V.A., Reymen, I.M.M.J., 2008. Creating university spin-offs: A science-based design perspective. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 25(2): pp. 114-128. (Example of study informed by DS).
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