Designing Anthropomorphic Conversational Agents in Enterprises

A Nascent Theory and Conceptual Framework for Fostering a Human-Like Interaction
Cuvillier Verlag
  • erschienen am 25. Mai 2020
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  • 248 Seiten
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978-3-7369-6216-3 (ISBN)
Conversational agents (CAs) increasingly permeate our private and professional lives. In particular text-based CAs in a company context attract interest both internally as well as at the customer interface to provide service or support sales due to their potential for automation while offering the feeling of a human-like interaction. However, their human-like appearance often leads to user expectations that are out of line with the system’s actual capabilities or create feelings of uncanniness. To address this problem, six studies were conducted and compiled in this dissertation. These studies provide insights into the design of human-like CAs in a company context and show how different designs influence user perception. Through a set of experiments and a design science research project, this dissertation offers three key contributions: First, it proposes a nascent design theory to craft enterprise CAs that offer a human-like interaction experience despite the limited conversational capabilities given in present-day technology. Second, the framework derived from the synthesis of the studies’ findings outlines how the perception of a CA and the outcomes from the interaction emerge from an interplay of context-, user-, and CA design-related characteristics. Third, the insights from the experimental studies show how aspects related to the design of a CA influence user perception both with regard to anthropomorphism as well as further outcomes.
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
  • Intro
  • A. Foundation
  • I. Intoduction
  • B. Studies on Anthropomorphic Design of Enterprice Conversational Agents
  • I. Assessing the Status Quo
  • 1. Study 1: On the Design of Enterprice Conversational Agents - A Synthesis of IS and HCI Research
  • II. Unterstanding Technological Limitations
  • 1. Study 2: Not Human After All-Exploring the Impact of Response Failure on User Perception of Anthropomorphic Conversational Service Agents
  • 2. Study 3: Design for Fast Request Fulfillment or Natural Interaction? Insights from an Online Experiment with a Conversational Agent
  • III. Exploring the Potential of Human - Like Design
  • 1. Study 4: Emulating Empathetic Behavior in Online Service Encounters with Sentiment-Adaptive Responses-Insights from an Experiment with a Conversational Agent
  • 2. Study 5: Promoting Sustainable Mobility Beliefs with Persuasive and Anthropomorphic Design-Insights from an Experiment with a Conversational Agent
  • IV. Formulating a Nascent Design Theory
  • 1. Study 6: Designing Anthropomorphic Enterprise Conversational Agents
  • C. Contributions
  • I. Findings and Results
  • II. Implications
  • III. Limitations and Opportunities for Future Research
  • IV. Concluding Remarks

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