Action Design Research - An Integrative Research Method for Studying Design

Author Matti Rossi

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Matti Rossi. Action Design Research - An Integrative Research Method for Studying Design. In Perspectives Workshop: Science of Design: High-Impact Requirements for Software-Intensive Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8412, pp. 1-3, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2009)


It is the premise of this position paper that a combination of design research and action research can be very useful for studying high performance designs. However, there has been a separation between the two approaches. A growing body of literature is recognizing these cross fertilization possibilities between AR and DR. Researchers argue for similarity between the two (J'rvinen 2007; Lee 2007; Figueiredo and Cunha 2007) as well as caution against fusion (Iivari 2007). Others suggest a middle ground stating that in some situations and contexts, the two may be integrated (Cole et al. 2005; Sein et al. 2007).
  • Action research
  • Design research
  • Proactive research


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