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Negotiating contradictions: engaging disparate stakeholder demands in designing for active and healthy ageing

Daryoush Daniel Vaziri (Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin, Germany)
David Unbehaun (Faculty of Business Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law, Universitat Siegen , Siegen, Germany)
Konstantin Aal (Faculty of Business Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law, Universitat Siegen , Siegen, Germany)
Irina Shklovski (Faculty of Business Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law, Universitat Siegen , Siegen, Germany)
Rainer Wieching (Faculty of Business Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law, Universitat Siegen , Siegen, Germany)
Dirk Schreiber (Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin, Germany)
Volker Wulf (Faculty of Business Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law, Universitat Siegen , Siegen, Germany)

Journal of Enabling Technologies

ISSN: 2398-6263

Article publication date: 2 April 2019

Issue publication date: 24 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Designing technologies for active and healthy ageing (AHA) requires a subtle understanding of end users (primary stakeholders) and healthcare professionals (secondary stakeholders). Often, their perspectives can be heterogeneous and contradictory. Identifying and negotiating them may be a challenge for designers. The purpose of this paper is to present our approach to understanding and negotiating contradictory stakeholder perspectives when designing AHA technologies for older adults.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted an exploratory interview study with 15 community-dwelling older adults and 11 healthcare stakeholders, including doctors, health insurance agencies, policymakers and caregivers. The authors analyzed the interview material and negotiated contradictory perspectives.

Findings

Three major issues among stakeholders emerged: perspectives on AHA; perceived benefits and drawbacks of AHA technologies; and concerns about data privacy, control and trust.

Research limitations/implications

The results show the heterogeneity and contradictions in stakeholder perspectives on AHA technologies and how these perspectives may be negotiated. This could help understand and facilitate long-term use of AHA technologies among older adults.

Originality/value

This study alerts researchers to contradictory perspectives among older people and healthcare stakeholders and the importance of involving them in the design of AHA technologies.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank all study participants and researchers for their support. The presented study is part of the MY-AHA project, which has been funding from the European Commission (Grant No. 689592).

Citation

Vaziri, D.D., Unbehaun, D., Aal, K., Shklovski, I., Wieching, R., Schreiber, D. and Wulf, V. (2019), "Negotiating contradictions: engaging disparate stakeholder demands in designing for active and healthy ageing", Journal of Enabling Technologies, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 40-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-09-2018-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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