Value expression in design science research

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Design science research has grown into a major research approach in Information System (IS). Most current DSR approaches take a positivist approach that downplays human agency. An alternative framework is transformational design research (TDR), inspired by pragmatism and Rosenstock-Huessy’s view on language. This paper’s aim is to contribute to TDR by focusing on the expression of values, with a particular interest in values that are embodied in the technology. After a critical review of the traditional Requirement Engineering methods and of the so-called value-sensitive design approaches, we propose a new value expression approach that builds on and extends traditional value modelling. The method is illustrated with a literature example of process mining.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS 2019)
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherIEEE Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781728148441
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • design science research
  • value-sensitive design
  • value mo


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