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Design Science Research Grand Challenges: Kicking Off the Second Decade of DESRIST

Alan R. Hevner

Professor and Eminent Scholar
Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Muma College of Business
University of South Florida


As we begin the second decade of the DESRIST conference, it is timely for us to assess the Grand Challenges of Design Science Research (DSR). Following the conference theme of “Tackling Society’s Grand Challenges with Design Science,” this presentation surveys selected extant lists of grand challenges from multiple disciplines. Five key themes that provide clear focus on DSR grand challenges are identified and explored. The goal is to inspire the DSR community to think BIG – to make a positive imprint on the world with impactful research projects.


Speaker Biography

Alan R. Hevner is an Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. He holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology. Dr. Hevner’s areas of research interest include design science research, information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare systems, and service-oriented computing.  He has published over 200 research papers on these topics and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies.  Dr. Hevner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hevner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and INFORMS.  Additional honors include being named a Schoeller Senior Fellow at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany, receiving the Design Science Research Lifetime Achievement Award, and being inducted into the Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a program manager at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.

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