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A Theoretical Framework For Understanding Aesthetic Experiences In Relation To Website Design And Utilitarian Outcomes
PACIS 2011 Proceedings
  • Olga Vasilyeva, Australian National University
  • Aleck C.H. Lin, Australian National University
Publication Date
9-7-2011
Abstract
Online affective experiences and their relationships to utilitarian and non-utilitarian outcomes are of growing interest. This study investigates one affective experience – aesthetics – and its impact on online utilitarian values. As the concept of web aesthetic experience has not been well studied or understood, this study proposes a novel theoretical model connecting web aesthetic experiences to online utilitarian values. Based on the prior literature from other disciplines, the study treats the aesthetic experience as a complex and multi-dimensional construct, which contains three distinct sub-dimensions: aesthetic appraisal, aesthetic judgment, and aesthetic emotion. The research process will include making the selection of diverse level of aesthetic websites and a cross-over design experiment. The structural equation modelling technique will be employed to evaluate the relationships between the web aesthetic experience and utilitarian outcome. The expected contributions of this study are: (i) to construct a novel theoretical model based on the psychological and philosophical concepts of aesthetic experience and utilitarian value; (ii) to identify the multi-dimensional evidence of web aesthetic experiences; (iii) to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for predicting the utilitarian outcomes through online users’ aesthetic experiences. The study also points to the need for more research in this complex area.
Keywords
  • Aesthetic Experience,
  • Aesthetic Appraisal,
  • Aesthetic Judgment,
  • Aesthetic Emotion,
  • Utilitarian Outcomes,
  • Website Design
ISBN
ISBN: [978-1-86435-644-1]; Research-in-progress paper
Citation Information
Olga Vasilyeva and Aleck C.H. Lin. "A Theoretical Framework For Understanding Aesthetic Experiences In Relation To Website Design And Utilitarian Outcomes" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aleck_lin/3/