26 February: BMS/Tech4People Lecture by Harri Oinas Kukkonen

Posted by Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen in the category Research

Prof. Dr. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen from Oulu University (Finland) will visit our University from 23rd -28thof February and during the last week of May. His visit is made possible by the efforts of the Management Team of the Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences as part of the exchange program Tech4People.

The Tech4People program invests in strengthening ties between scientists crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Prof dr. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen is a distinguished scientist. His research in Persuasive Technology uniquely combines social sciences and technology. Since we want to emphasize our profile as excellent in our disciplines and unique in combinations, he is the right man at the right moment to present his thoughts and ideas about innovative solutions to strengthen the unique UT-profile and the new identity of our Faculty.

We are very proud that prof. dr. Oinas-Kukkonen visits our University and attends our conference Supporting Health by Technology (22th of May, Grolsch Veste) as a key note speaker.

Also, prof. dr. Oinas-Kukkonen will give a lunch lecture at 26th of February. Please register before 24th of February via

See you next week!


Persuasive systems for health: Current and future

Prof. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu, Finland

Deep understanding of user behaviors has become a key for successful design in our contemporary IT environments, and understanding behavior change and persuasive design will play a central role for advancing future business and economy [1]. Areas such as fostering health [2], promoting greener behaviors [3], and to some extent also e-selling [4] are already benefiting from persuasive system designs, health seemingly being the most prominent area amongst these. Previously we have presented a conceptual framework for designing and evaluating persuasive systems, known as the Persuasive Systems Design (PSD) model [5]. The PSD model defines key design principles for persuasive technology, whether full-fledged behavior change support systems [6, 7] or somewhat lighter persuasive applications [cf. 8, 9]. We will present lessons learned from our previous research and outline prominent future research directions.



  1. Oinas-Kukkonen Harri and Oinas-Kukkonen Henry (2013) Humanizing the Web: Change and Social Innovation. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.
  2. Kelders SM, Kok RN, Ossebaard HC, and Van Gemert-Pijnen JEWC. (2012) Persuasive System Design Does Matter: A Systematic Review of Adherence to Web-based Interventions, Journal of Medical Internet Research (14:6), e152.
  3. Corbett J. (2013) Designing and Using Carbon Management Systems to Promote Ecologically Responsible Behaviors, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 14, Issue 7, Article 2.
  4. Parvinen P., Oinas-Kukkonen H., and Kaptein M. (In Press) E-Selling: A New Avenue of Research for Service Design and Online Engagement. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications.
  5. Oinas-Kukkonen H. and Harjumaa M. (2009) Persuasive Systems Design: Key Issues, Process Model, and System Features. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 24, Article 28, pp. 485-500, March 2009.
  6. Oinas-Kukkonen H. (2013) A foundation for the study of behavior change support systems. Personal and ubiquitous computing, Vol. 17, No. 6, August 2013, pp. 1223-1235.
  7. Lehto T. and Oinas-Kukkonen H. (2015) Explaining and Predicting Perceived Effectiveness and Use Continuance Intention of a Behavior Change Support System. Behaviour and Information Technology, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 176-189.
  8. Ploderer B., Reitberger W., Oinas-Kukkonen H., and van Gemert-Pijnen J. (2014) Social interaction and reflection for behaviour change. Personal and ubiquitous computing, Vol. 18, No. 7, October 2014, pp. 1667-1676.
  9. Oduor M., Alahäivälä T., and Oinas-Kukkonen H. (2014) Persuasive software design patterns for social influence. Personal and ubiquitous computing, Vol. 18, No. 7, October 2014, pp. 1689-1704.

Bio Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

January 2015

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen is Professor for information systems at the Department of Information Processing Science in the University of Oulu, Finland. His current research interests within the areas of human-computer interaction and health informatics include user behavior, behavior change, persuasive design, social and organizational knowledge, innovation creation, and the next generation of the Web.

He has a strong background both as a practitioner and in academia. He has been listed among the hundred most influential ICT experts in the country, and a key person to whom companies should talk to when developing their strategies for web-based services. He is the recipient of The Outstanding Young Person of Finland 2005 award by the Junior Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in helping industrial companies to improve their Web usability.

Recently, he co-authored a book “Humanizing the Web: Change and Social Innovation” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). The book discusses the web’s future and how it continues to change businesses, software design, the way we perceive people and the skills required of us, and it positions this transformation within the developments of international business and management.


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