Research impact and theory development are major challenges facing design research. However, the nature of these challenges and how they should be addressed is a controversial question. Philip Cash discusses three contributions: demonstrating the explanatory and predictive power of theory development for research impact; showing that theory development has broken down in design research; and offering a theoretical ‘landscape’ of design research, which is used to provide an evidence-based agenda for future theory development. Image courtesy of Philip Cash.
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