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Real-World Impact of Information Systems : The Effect of Seemingly Small Design Choices
Ableitner, Liliane; Fridgen, Gilbert; Hosseini, Sabiölla et al.
2017In Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS)
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Abstract :
[en] Information system (IS) have not only become indispensable in professional contexts, but can also serve as a platform for data-based interventions targeting issues for humanity. Providing individuals with concrete feedback on their current behavior has been shown to foster sustainable behavior. So far, research on the real-world impact and nderlying mechanisms of such IS-enabled interventions is scarce. In a randomized controlled field experiment with 1,423 participants, we systematically test the effect of different intervention strategies regarding their impact on energy consumption and user experience. We find a onservation effect of over 18% for the best treatment. In particular, the results suggest that small, seemingly harmless variations of IS design choices regarding numerical, normative, or emotional feedback can considerably affect behavioral outcomes (energy use). Potential explanations of observed behavior are given based on theories from psychology. The study delivers design implications for innovative IS artifacts that highlight the importance and necessity of taking cognitive processes into account.
Disciplines :
Computer science
Author, co-author :
Ableitner, Liliane
Fridgen, Gilbert  ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
Hosseini, Sabiölla
Schöb, Samuel
Staake, Thorsten
Tiefenbeck, Verena
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Real-World Impact of Information Systems : The Effect of Seemingly Small Design Choices
Publication date :
2017
Event name :
Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS)
Event date :
14-12-2017 to 15 - 12-2017
Main work title :
Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS)
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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