Design principles as bridge between scientific knowledge production and practice design


  • Dieter Euler University of St. Gallen



DBR process, design principles, generalisation, knowledge production


This paper uses design-based research (DBR) to describe an approach that combines scientific knowledge production with the development of innovative practice concepts. The DBR research process begins with the following question: How can an aspired, initially vaguely formulated goal be reached by a yet to be developed design? As the research process progresses, interventions are developed, tested in the field, and evaluated. This process generates increasingly stable practice concepts for reaching the aspired goals through several iterative cycles and statements about the effectiveness of the intervention’s supporting pillars based on theoretical and empirical research. These statements are developed in the form of design principles. In this paper, we describe the characteristics that constitute design principles and how they emerge within a DBR research process.

Author Biography

Dieter Euler, University of St. Gallen

Dieter Euler holds the Chair for Educational Management at the University of St. Gallen / Switzerland since 2000. Before that, he was Professor for Business Education at the University of Potsdam (1994-1995) and Nuremberg (1995-2000). He studied Management, Business Education and Social Philosophy at Cologne University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Prof. Euler holds several mandates in international scientific bodies and is involved in various innovation projects in the area of Quality Development, Higher Education Development and Vocational Education and Training.

His research interests focus on innovative ways of teaching and learning, strategical aspects of educational management (including quality development at Higher Education), vocational education and training and corporate learning.




How to Cite

Euler, D. (2017). Design principles as bridge between scientific knowledge production and practice design. EDeR. Educational Design Research, 1(1).



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