Keep on Running: The Impact of Technology-Enabled Competition Platform on Persistent Health Behavior

Author:International Office     Date:2016-11-21

Lecturer: Prof. Teo Hock Hai

Date: 9:00—11:30 14thNov.2016

Venue: Room 102, 3rd Teaching Building

Language: English

 

About the Lecturer

Hock-Hai Teo is Professor of Information Systems and the Head of the Department of Information Systems at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. Prior to his current appointment as Head of Department, Dr. Teo had served as Vice-Dean, Corporate Communications from August 2007 to August 2008. His research interests are in the areas of IT innovation adoption, assimilation and impacts, information privacy, electronic market institutions, and virtual communities. Dr. Teo has published broadly in journals such as the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and Information and Management and has presented at numerous international conferences, including the International Conference on Information Systems. He is currently serving or has served on the editorial boards of Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and MIS Quarterly. He has won numerous best paper award at conferences and was also the winner of the MIS Quarterly Reviewer of the Year (2004) award. 

 

About the Lecture
Cultivating persistent health behavior is a perennial issue that is of great interest to academics and practitioners. Despite the significant potential of emerging ICTs such as wearable devices and fitness mobile apps in promoting health behaviors, it remains unclear whether they are sufficient for sustained behaviors. As one of the solutions, IT developers have embedded the use of wearable devices and fitness apps within a competition context. Differing from the self-contained offline competition, this Technology-Enabled Competition Platform offers visualization tools for users to monitor their focal activity (e.g., running) in real time and social networking features that connect people from diverse background to compete with and support one another in the focal activity. However, the impact of such competition platform on persistent behavior has yet to be examined. The objective of this work is to understand the role of such competition platform in cultivating persistent health behavior. Drawing on social comparison theory and social network perspective, this study seeks to develop a theory-driven model to understand how different comparison processes (i.e., social comparison and self-comparison), social relationship with comparison referents, and technology-enabled self-tracking systems affect persistent health behavior. We empirically test the model using longitudinal panel data collected from a popular technology-enabled competition platform. This study contributes to the extant literature by conceptualizing the role of technology-enabled competition platforms in promoting persistent behavior, and unveiling the role of self-tracking systems in promoting persistent health behavior. Practically, this study is expected to provide valuable insights to IT designers and consumer health IT developers on engaging users and sustaining long-term behavior.

 

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