Action Design Research Seminar 

Lecturer Prof. Maung K. Sein
School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway
School for Economics, Innovation, and Technology, Kristiania University College
DateWednesday, July 20, 2022, 10:00 am – 03:00 pm
Room/AdressTechnische Universität Chemnitz
Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude, Reichenhainer Str. 90
Raum N/101 (bzw. C10.101 nach neuer Systematisierung) – 1. Stock
OverviewThis one-day seminar aims at providing participants with conceptual understanding of Action Design Research (ADR) and hands-on guidance on using ADR in projects. ADR is recognized now as a way of doing constructive research in close co-operation between practitioners and researchers. The method is based on the recognition that IS research always has a dual mission, namely to (a) add to existing theory, and (b) to produce knowledge to support IS practitioners in solving current and anticipated problems. We can achieve this by promoting research which is based on existing problems in practical settings, aimed at improving the practice and solving problems through designing and implementing IT artifacts. The seminar will be run using a mix of lectures and discussion. You will learn primarily through interacting with other participants – your peers in the class, the instructor (yours truly and any visitor who may be present. The main participants are of course YOU. It is your responsibility to come prepared by reading and digesting the assigned literature, and discussing in class. In preparing for this seminar, please upload a brief (one-page max) description of your project on the course site and send me a copy by email (
Seminar Content The first part (10.00 to 12.00) will be devoted to exploring the ADR method. After introductions (max 5 minutes), we will start with an open question: WHAT IS ADR? I will briefly introduce ADR and then I will let you take the lead in exploring this question. We will engage in dialogue with each other and I will share my experiences and challenges in using ADR. We will focus on the Steps and stages of ADR and the its 7 Principles .
The second session (13:00 to 15:00) will be devoted to your work. Perhaps you have used ADR or are thinking of using it. You will work in groups and discuss how you can apply ADR to your work. The answer may well be that ADR is not an appropriate method for your projects. I will facilitate the process by dropping in your deliberations and answering your questions and offering my thoughts. You will prepare a short informal presentation on your work which you will present in the last hour (14:00 to 15:00) where we will discuss your presentations. We will end by summing up your experience in this session and my closing thoughts.
CertificatePh.D. students from the Faculty of Economics, TU Dresden can earn a certificate according to § 9 of the Ph.D. doctoral regulations (PromO 2018):
Ph.D. students of Business Management: § 9 (1) Nr. 5 or 6
Ph.D. students of Business Informatics: § 9 (1) Nr. 6
Ph.D. students of Economics: § 9 (1) Nr. 6

Ph.D. students from other universities can earn a certificate as well.
Assignment Required readings:
  • Sein, M.K., O. Henfridsson, S. Purao, M. Rossi, & R. Lindgren. (2011). Action Design Research. MIS Quarterly 35(1) 37-56.
  • Mullarkey, M.T & Hevner, A.R. (2019) An elaborated action design research process model, European Journal of Information Systems, 28(1), 6-20.
  • Sein, M. K., & Rossi, M. (2019). Elaborating ADR while drifting away from its essence: A commentary on Mullarkey and Hevner. European Journal of Information Systems, 28(1), 21-25.
  • Haj-Bolouri, A., Purao, S., Rossi, M., & Bernhardsson, L. (2018). Action Design Research in Practice: Lessons and Concerns. In Proceedings of ECIS (p. 131).
RegistrationParticipation is limited (max. 20).

To register send an e-mail to Dr. Uta Schwarz:
Phone: +49 351 463-33141