stressOUT: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Mouse-based Stress Management Service

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Work-related stress has the potential to increase the risk of chronic stress, major depression and other non-communicable diseases. Organizational stress monitoring usually applies long-term self-report instruments that are designed in a retrospective manner, and thus, is obtrusive, time-consuming and, most important, fails to detect and predict short-term episodes of stress. To address this shortcoming, we apply design science research with the goal to design, implement and evaluate a stress management service for knowledge workers (stressOUT) that senses the degree of work-related stress solely based on mouse movements. Using stress theory as justificatory knowledge, we implemented stressOUT that tracks mouse movements and perceived stress levels randomly twice a day with the goal to learn features of mouse movements that are related to stress perceptions. Results of a first longitudinal field study indicate that mouse cursor speed is negatively related to perceived stress. Future work is discussed.

Authors Kowatsch, Tobias; Wahle, Fabian & Filler, Andreas
Editors Maedche, A.; vom Brocke, J. & Hevner, A.
Language English
Subjects information management
social sciences
other research area
Institute/School ITEM - Institute of Technology Management with Transfer Center for Technology Management (TECTEM)
HSG Classification contribution to practical use / society
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Date 30 May 2017
Publisher Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Place of Publication Karlsruhe, Germany
Page Range 37-45
Title of Book Designing the Digital Transformation: DESRIST 2017 Research in Progress Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology
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Additional Information Nominee for the Best Research-in-Progress at DESRIST 2017.
Depositing User Dr. oec. H Tobias Kowatsch
Date Deposited 14 Dec 2017 08:22
Last Modified 14 Dec 2017 09:13


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Kowatsch, Tobias; Wahle, Fabian & Filler, Andreas: stressOUT: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Mouse-based Stress Management Service. Karlsruhe, Germany : Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), 2017, S. 37-45.

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