Werner, Dominick, Hovestadt, Christian ORCID: 0000-0002-6448-4660, Adam, Martin and Schulze, Laura (2019). Shielding Focus Against Distractions: Designing Focus Assistants for Knowledge Workers. In: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2019, Munich, Germany, December 15-18, 2019, Association for Information Systems.

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Abstract

Technological developments in information technology enabled the ubiquitous emergence of instant messages and push notifications in private and work lives. Moreover, open plan office designs and organizational shifts such as agile methodologies further tighten interactions among employees. These new opportunities, however, also pose a double-edge sword in that large amounts of unwanted information may repeatedly draw attention from the primary task, thus distracting and preventing knowledge workers from working effectively. In this paper, we present a design science research project on how to design a focus assistant that shields its users against digital and physical distractions to sustain their focus. Drawing on literature on attention, focus and distraction, we developed seven design principles and derived first potential features for a prototype. By developing the basis to build an artifact, we intend to contribute to the constituent IS community on assisting workers in technology-enabled work arrangements.

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CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Werner, Dominickwerner@ise.tu-darmstadt.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hovestadt, Christianhovestadt@wiso.uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0002-6448-4660UNSPECIFIED
Adam, Martinadam@ise.tu-darmstadt.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, Lauralaura.schulze94@gmx.netUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-105968
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2019, Munich, Germany, December 15-18, 2019
Date: December 2019
Publisher: Association for Information Systems
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Professur für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Systementwicklung
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/10596

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