Toward a Positive Design Theory: Principles for Designing Motivating Information and Communication Technology

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Abstract

Due to the strategic, economic, and social significance of information and communication technology development and use, a better understanding of factors that contribute to technology acceptance and use decisions can be extremely important. In this chapter, we posit that one of the fundamental reasons that people utilize technology is to support their well-being by fulfiling their various needs. Taking this motivational perspective, we suggest that the purposes and utilities of information and communication technology should support various human needs. Using a motivational approach to study technology design is intended to be positive. We revisit some fundamentals that may have been forgotten and we unearth the intrinsic drive of technology development and use. As a first step toward a design theory, we propose ten design principles to achieve high motivating information and communication technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesigning Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens
EditorsM. Avital, R. Bolland, D. Cooperrider
PublisherElsevier
Pages45-74
ISBN (Print)0762312874, 9780762312870
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameAdvances in Appreciative Inquiry
PublisherJAI Press
ISSN (Print)1475-9152

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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    Zhang, P. (2008). Toward a Positive Design Theory: Principles for Designing Motivating Information and Communication Technology. In M. Avital, R. Bolland, & D. Cooperrider (Eds.), Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens (pp. 45-74). (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1475-9152(07)00204-9