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Envisioning the Concept of Emotions for Theory Development and Testing in Information Systems Research: A Study of One Positive Emotion - Enjoyment

Aleck Chao-Hung Lin
Australian National University, Australia
Olga Vasilyeva
Australian National University, Australia


Abstract
There is a significant and growing trend to apply affective phenomena into information systems research for theory development and testing. Yet, the concept of emotions - a multiple-component affective phenomenon - has not been well studied in the information system realm, and thus it is not well understood for formulating the theoretical research context. To redress the gap in the literature, this study sets out to provide a review of the literature in order to lend insights into our understanding of the linkages between human emotions and information system research. This paper begins by conceptualizing emotions based on the psychology theories and laying the groundwork for examining the emotional concepts in the information systems literature. We select one positive multi-dimensional emotion, namely enjoyment, as the current research target. From our analysis, we elicit a number of aspects for considering the future information systems study, especially when researchers would like to form their theoretical models with the concept of emotions. We then conclude with the particular research challenges posed in this line of inquiry.

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Reference:Lin, A., Vasilyeva, O. (2011). "Envisioning the Concept of Emotions for Theory Development and Testing in Information Systems Research: A Study of One Positive Emotion - Enjoyment," Proceedings > Proceedings of JAIS Theory Development Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(155). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-155
Keywords:Components of Emotion; Functions of Emotion; Utilitarian Emotions; Enjoyment; Theory Development and Testing.
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 155 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Aleck Chao-Hung Lin (Aleck.Lin@anu.edu.au)
Olga Vasilyeva (Olga.Vasilyeva@anu.edu.au)

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