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Master’s thesis–Building Better Wearables: Principles for the Design of Wearables for Activity and Health Tracking

How might we design wearables that induce sustainable health behavior change?

Rationale
Ever since their emergence, wearables have been facing critique regarding their capacity to induce sustained behavioral change and thereby improve users’ health. Related literature from the fields of
medical and nutritional sciences as well as information systems have thoroughly investigated wearables’ effectiveness to improve health-related outcomes (e.g., weight maintenance and loss, physical activity,
healthy nutrition) and use-related behaviors (i.e., adoption, continuous use, behavioral change). However, these findings do not appear to have received consideration by wearable providers so far and
consequently, most commercially available wearables are still subject to the shortcomings identified by researchers over the past couple of years. Building upon the vast body of knowledge, this thesis aims to
transfer the scientific findings into practice by deriving viable design principles for providers of wearables and designers of wearable-mediated interventions.

Research Question
How might we design wearables that induce sustainable health behavior change?

Method
The thesis shall follow a design science research approach, which entails a rigorous study of related literature together with qualitative expert and user interviews to derive viable design requirements and
principles.

Application
Interested? Please apply by email to Annamina Rieder. Your application
should entail a brief motivation letter, your application documents (i.e., CV, recent grade transcript), as well as a brief outline of the planned timeline of your master’s thesis.

Readings
Hevner, A.R., March, S.T., Park, J., and Ram, S. 2004. “Design Science in Information Systems Research,” Management Information Systems Quarterly (28:1), pp. 75-105.
Jones, D., and Gregor, S. 2007. “The Anatomy of a Design Theory,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (8:5), pp. 312-335.
Peffers, K., Tuunanen, T., Rothenberger, M.A., and Chatterjee, S. 2008. “A Design Science Research Methodology for Information Systems Research,” Journal of Management Information Systems (24:3), pp. 45-77.
Rieder., A., Lehrer, C., and Jung, R. 2019. “Understanding the Habitual Use of Wearable Activity Trackers,” Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, Siegen, Germany, pp. 1002-1016.
Rieder., A., Lehrer, C., and Jung, R. 2019. “How Behavior Change Support Systems Influence Self-Efficacy: A Qualitative Study Using Wearables,” Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems, Stockholm-Uppsala, Sweden.

Publiziert von annamina.rieder@unisg.ch

Kontakt: Annamina Rieder