Work-Integrated Learning as an Outcome of Using Action Design Research in Practice

  • Amir Haj-BolouriEmail author
  • Christian Master Östlund
  • Matti Rossi
  • Lars Svensson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11491)


This paper highlights Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as an outcome of using Action Design Research (ADR) in practice. We argue that ADR is a subtype of Design Science Research (DSR) and a prominent method for facilitating mutually beneficial collaboration between academia and practice. Subsequently, we tie our work around ADR and WIL to the Scandinavian school of IS-research and worker participation, by emphasizing reflective practice on both researcher and practitioner side. We demonstrate this through two empirical cases and four case episodes. Consequently, the cases highlight building, intervention, and evaluation in the areas of civic orientation and county administration. The narrative around each case focuses on ADR-activities that mediate reflection and learning through iterative cycles. Outcomes from the cases are reported as WIL-outcomes and finally, we conclude this paper by briefly suggesting two implications for future relevant research.


Action Design Research Work-Integrated learning Reflective practice Design Science Research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amir Haj-Bolouri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Master Östlund
    • 1
  • Matti Rossi
    • 2
  • Lars Svensson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Economics, Business, and ITUniversity WestTrollhättanSweden
  2. 2.Information SystemsAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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