Department of Informatics

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Design Science Research in Information Systems


The course is offered on the PhD programme in Informatics, to PhD students within the Research School Management and IT (MIT) and to external PhD students.

The course is planned to start on 2022-01-25 and end on 2022-05-10 with a two-day activity on each theme every month. The course will be given on campus at the Department of Informatics in Lund. In case of any developments regarding the pandemic situation, adjustments can be made to adapt to any new rules regarding campus teaching which will be communicated with the students in due time. 

Course description

The course focuses on the application and use of design science research in information systems. It provides knowledge on the fundamentals of methods and techniques classified as ‘design’ including artifact design, development, and evaluation. It also includes a discussion of the concepts of design, the IS artifact, design problems and solutions in addition to theories of design. The course is supplemented by a discussion of a specific form of design science research called Action Design Research (ADR). 

Course design

The course is designed to include extensive discussions of literature on design science research as well as hands-on exercises about the following themes: 

  • Theories of design
  • The design science research process, methods, and techniques
  • The design of IS artifacts and products of design science research
  • ADR

Course content

The course will be structured around main themes in the literature. These include the following:

  • The characteristics of design science research in IS
  • Theories of design and design as a science 
  • The design science research process
  • Design science research methods and techniques 
  • The IS artifact and design science research products and outcomes
  • Design science problems and solutions
  • Action design research (ADR)


Assessment will be done along several dimensions corresponding to the deliverables and learning outcomes of the course. This includes the following:

  • Active participation in the discussions and presentations of the four course themes including the ADR exercises. (1 credit)
  • Writing individual summaries of the reading literature in each theme – see separate instructions by the course leaders. (2 credits)
  • Writing a group report outlining the outcome from ADR exercises – see separate instructions by the guest lecturer. (1.5 credits)
  • Writing an individual publishable article on one of themes of the course – see separate instructions by the course leaders. (3 credits)

Course Director

Osama Mansour
Senior lecturer
Phone: +46 46 222 80 58
Room: EC2-239

Osama Mansour

Additional information

Course syllabus

Course literature 

Schedule Spring 2022

Doctoral level (Third cycle)
Teaching language: English
Teaching: On campus
Offered: Spring 2022
Course period: 2022-01-25—2022-05-10
Study pace: 25%
Number of seats: 15
The course is free of charge.


Application is closed.

Admission & Selection

An email will sent out to all accepted students within two weeks after the application deadline.

If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. PhD students from the Department of Informatics
  2. PhD students from the research school Managment and IT (MIT)
  3. PhD students from other departments at LUSEM
  4. External PhD students (outside MIT and LUSEM)

The applicant's PhD level (ie how far into the PhD process) and relevance of research area can also be taken into account in the selection.