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If you are doing research in the area of improving work engagement by
designing interactive systems, please consider submitting an article to our
special issue of  the Human Technology Journal:

   Virpi, Heli, Effie and Torkil

Call for papers to a Special Issue of Human Technology:

Designing Interactive Systems for Work Engagement
Submission deadline: May 31st, 2016

Today, experiential aspects are considered when designing ICT based
solutions for consumer markets. However, when interactive solutions and
tools for work contexts are being designed, the experiential aspects often
are not considered in the design process (Lu & Roto, 2015). Work tools,
which are used to accomplish work-related tasks, can contribute to work
satisfaction and work engagement, as well as to general well-being on the
job. Similarly, interactive technologies and solutions beyond work tools
that support well-being at work can facilitate work engagement. Work
engagement refers to a positive work-related state of fulfillment. It is
characterized by descriptive attributes such as vigor, dedication, and
absorption (Schaufeli et al., 2002). The majority of research on work
engagement has focused on evaluating the above specific qualities. Less
research focuses on how to design interactive systems and work tools that
support, facilitate, and improve work engagement as a complex phenomenon.

This thematic issue of Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on
Humans in ICT Environments focuses on designing interactive technologies and
work tools for work engagement. We seek submissions with theoretical,
methodological, analytical, or empirical contributions. The work contexts
addressed in the papers can vary from industrial plants and factories or
warehouses to mobile and office work, and reflect both traditional and
nontraditional work environments.

The contributions to this thematic issue can address themes related to
designing interactive technologies and work tools for work engagement as
described at

All submitted papers (minimum of 7,500 words) will be evaluated for
originality of texts, suitability within the scope of the thematic issue,
and readiness for peer review. Papers meeting the above criteria will be
subjected to double-blind review by at least two experts in the topic area
of the manuscript. Papers accepted for publication in Human Technology must
follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,
(6th ed.). Author guidelines are available at

This call for papers is open January 1 - ­May 31, 2016. Human Technology
uses a journal management system. Authors wishing to submit papers for
publication consideration are to upload the paper at
<>  and the corresponding author
must complete the required information. Remember to indicate that your
submission is for this special issue.

Guest Editors
Dr. Heli Väätäjä (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Dr. Virpi Roto (Aalto University, Finland)
Dr. Effie Law (University of Leicester, UK)
Prof. Torkil Clemmensen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

1. Lu, Y., & Roto, V. (2015). Evoking meaningful experiences at work: A
positive design framework for work tools. Journal of Engineering Design,
Special issue on Interaction and Experience Design 26(4-6), pp. 99-120.
2. Schaufeli, W. B., Salanova, M., González-Romá, V., & Bakker, A. B.
The measurement of engagement and burnout: A two sample confirmatory
factor analytic approach. Journal of Happiness Studies, 3(1), 71­92.

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