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News of September 30, 2019


Two papers accepted at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2019


Two papers of the cii research group have been accepted at the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), which will take place on December 15-18, 2019 in Munich, Germany.


“Users’ Game Design Element Preferences in Health Behavior Change Support Systems for Physical Activity: A Best-Worst-Scaling Approach” by Manuel Schmidt-Kraepelin, Scott Thiebes, Sofia Schöbel, and Ali Sunyaev
Abstract: Over the last decades, physical inactivity has become one of the leading health risk factors in modern societies. To incentivize people to be more physically active, gamified health behavior change support systems (HBCSSs) are a promising approach. These systems often make use of gamification to keep their users engaged over a sustained period of time. However, despite its popularity, gamification often fails due to insufficient designs, which neglect users’ needs. Building on extant research that investigated users’ preferences in other gamification contexts, we conduct a survey among 447 potential users of HBCSSs for physical activity, using a best-worst-scaling approach. Our results indicate that users generally prefer the game design elements progress, goals, points, and levels, which is partially different from past research on preferred game design elements in other contexts. Thus, our research contributes to the understanding of contextual differences in users’ gamification preferences.

“A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending: Incipient Sources of Knowledge in Design Science Research” by Benjamin Sturm and Ali Sunyaev
Abstract: Design science research (DSR) focuses on providing innovative solution knowledge to complex and hitherto unsolved problems. Identifying both relevant problems and unique solutions require in-depth understanding of the problem domain and potential solution technologies. Incipient sources of knowledge provide the means to find such important design problems, evaluate their relevance, and create innovative, tentative designs to tackle these problems. However, current DSR literature provides little guidance for identification, selection, and consumption of incipient knowledge. In this paper, we, therefore, set out to identify and analyze the incipient sources of knowledge in DSR with the help of a comprehensive literature review. Our work could thereby serve as a starting point for further exploration of the nature of design science knowledge and help to create novel guidelines and research processes that guide the selection and utilization of incipient DSR knowledge sources.



From the research group Critical Information Infrastructures