Reflections on Supervising the Postgraduate Students’ Design Science Research Thesis

Samuli Pekkola

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Design science research (DSR) is an appropriate method for postgraduate-level (MSc) thesis work, where the students need to combine and apply theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills to solve practical problems. Students face considerable challenges, however, when applying DSR in timeboxed situations with limited competences. In this paper, I reflect on my experiences supervising more than 200 MSc theses, many using—and some that intended to use—DSR. My reflections provide teaching tips to educators and supervisors and show a need for new DSR process and evaluation methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-332
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Information Systems Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Design science research (DSR)
  • Postgraduate education
  • Reflection
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching tip

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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