UKAIS Best Paper Award

Davit Marikyan, Prof Savvas Papagiannidis and Dr Eleftherios Alamanos were awarded the Best Paper prize at the 24th UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) International Conference in St. Catherine's College Oxford in April 2019. The winning paper, titled “The Effect of Behavioural Beliefs on Smart Home Technology Adoption”, contributed to the underresearched area in the literature on the acceptance of technology in the context of private spaces. The paper provided evidence on the beliefs influencing smart home use behaviour and the outcomes of smart home technology use.

The UKAIS conference is an annual conference that is organised by the UK Academy for Information Systems. The Academy was established in 1994 to foster a better understanding of the Information Systems field within the UK. The UKAIS conference is the premier academic event in the Information Systems calendar in the UK, which attracts leading scholars from the UK and overseas. It is a charity, whose aims are to enhance the recognition and knowledge of IS, and to provide a forum for discussing issues in IS teaching and research. UKAIS recognises the importance of including practitioners in its work.

Abstract: This cross-sectional study examines the factors affecting smart home technology use in private spaces. Specifically, the role of hedonic and utilitarian beliefs has been examined in the formation of smart technology use behaviour. In addition, this study is aimed at a better understanding of the outcome of smart technology use in terms of individuals’ satisfaction, the perception of their well-being and perceived value. A sample of 422 smart home technology users participated in this research by completing an online survey. Structural equational modelling was used to analyse the relationship of the constructs employed with smart home technology use. This exploratory study found a strong effect of the use of smart home technology on subjective wellbeing, satisfaction and perceived value. The findings of this paper contribute to our understanding of smart technology acceptance by highlighting the importance of behavioural beliefs. In addition, they provide empirical evidence of the outcome of the use of smart home products.

Best Prize at UKAIS Conference