There is current interest in design science as a research method in the field of Information Systems. This paper explores this proposition by incorporating established theories into the design research process. These include a view of information systems as essentially socio-technical, notions of tool mediation and expansive learning from Activity Theory and the concept of emergence from Complexity Theory where good design outcomes come from non-deterministic and organic processes. A case of innovative collaborative systems development illustrates how this view of design science may be of value.
This paper was originally published as: Hasan, H, Design as research: emergent complex activity, Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Conference of Information Systems (ACIS 2006), Adelaide, 6-8 December 2006.