Action design research: integration of method support

Stefan Cronholm, Hannes Göbel
2022 International Journal of Managing Projects in Business  
PurposeAction design research (ADR) has become widely accepted as a prominent research method within information systems when managing design-oriented research projects. One purpose of the ADR method is to provide methodological guidance for the building of IT artefacts. However, several scholars have reported a lack of guidance of method support at the micro level. This article aims to complement the macro level of the ADR method by integrating prescriptive method support at the micro
more » ... ign/methodology/approachA qualitative approach including direct content analysis. An empirical ADR project was analysed in order to identify method support that could be integrated into the ADR method.FindingsMethod support at the micro level was identified for all the stages of the ADR method. The method support consists of procedural support, guiding concepts, and various techniques for the documentation of project tasks stated in the ADR method.Research limitations/implicationsThe contribution to theory consists of aspects concerning the integration of macro and micro levels: relationships between normative and prescriptive support, continuous focus shifts, and method completeness.Practical implicationsThe contribution to practice consists of explicit suggestions for method support that could be integrated into the ADR method.Originality/valueThis study extends previously provided knowledge by offering empirical evidence concerning theoretical constructions consisting of explicit relationships between ADR tasks and integrated method support, and elaboration on the integration of macro and micro levels.
doi:10.1108/ijmpb-07-2021-0196 fatcat:36cm3252rfh75byi6wabq4ckoq