Fostering Initial Trust in Applications – Developing and Evaluating Requirement Patterns for Application Websites

21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2013

13 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2014

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Axel Hoffmann

University of Kassel

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel

Matthias Söllner

University of Kassel - Information Systems; University of St. Gallen - Institute of Information Management

Date Written: July 30, 2014

Abstract

When users first encounter an application, or decide which application from a number of options to use, their initial trust in this application is a determinant for their willingness to adopt it. At this time, users have not yet had a chance to interact with the application, and hence their perceptions are based on the application presentation on the website rather than on the application’s actual performance. To help providers select supporting measures for the website to improve the perceived trustworthiness of their application, we propose a set of requirement patterns. Patterns are used in requirements engineering to recognize important and recurring issues, thus reducing the effort during requirements specification. We developed them from trust theory, following the design-science based evaluation framework for patterns. To evaluate the feasibility of our approach, 17 teams used the patterns to specify a website for a mobile application. The results indicate that the teams frequently used ten of our proposed patterns. A subsequent survey regarding pattern quality shows an overall acceptance and that the team members rated the patterns as comprehensible, understandable and helpful. We hence conclude that our approach to incorporating trust-based requirements to foster initial trust in application website specifications is feasible.

Keywords: Initial Trust, Requirement Patterns, Application Websites

Suggested Citation

Hoffmann, Axel and Hoffmann, Holger and Söllner, Matthias, Fostering Initial Trust in Applications – Developing and Evaluating Requirement Patterns for Application Websites (July 30, 2014). 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2474153

Axel Hoffmann (Contact Author)

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Matthias Söllner

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

University of St. Gallen - Institute of Information Management

Müller-Friedberg-Str. 8
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

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