Measuring the Human Element in Complex Technologies

Measuring the Human Element in Complex Technologies

Niamh McNamara (University College Cork, Ireland) and Jurek Kirakowski (University College Cork, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2008010101
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Abstract

Measuring satisfaction can provide developers with valuable insight into the usability of a product as perceived by the user. Although such measures are typically included in usability evaluations, it is clear that the concept itself is under-developed. The literature reveals a lack of cumulative, systematic research and consequently the field is in “disarray” (Hornbæk, 2006). Clearly, the area needs a strong theoretical foundation on which to base research. This paper reviews the literature on user satisfaction and proposes a conceptualisation and definition of the concept that will aid researchers in the development of valid measures.

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