Proposal, project, practice, pause: developing a framework for evaluating smart domestic product engagement

Woodall, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-8949-5577, Rosborough, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5663-0886 and Harvey, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4911-6189, 2018. Proposal, project, practice, pause: developing a framework for evaluating smart domestic product engagement. AMS Review, 8 (1-2), pp. 58-74. ISSN 1869-814X

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Smart homes are fast becoming a reality, with smart TVs, smart meters and other such “smart” devices/systems already representing a substantial household presence. These, which we collectively term “smart domestic products” (SDPs), will need to be promoted, adopted, and normalized into daily routines. Despite this, the marketing canon lacks a substantive discourse on pertinent research. We look to help correct this by melding ideas from organizational sociology, innovation diffusion and appropriation studies, and service dominant logic. Consequently, we suggest a framework for research that responds directly to the specific characteristics of SDPs. Using the SDP eco-system as a context, our framework emphasizes the interplay of embeddedness, practice, value and engagement. It comprises a four-stage horizontal/ longitudinal axis we describe as proposal, project, practice and pause. Cross-sectionally we focus on value, and combine aspects of existing thought to suggest how this impacts each stage of our engagement continuum. We subsequently identify perceived personal advantage as the resultant of these two axes and propose this as the key for understanding consumer and SDP sociomaterial engagement. This article also advances a definition of SDPs and ends with an agenda for further research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: AMS Review
Creators: Woodall, T., Rosborough, J. and Harvey, J.
Publisher: Springer New York
Date: June 2018
Volume: 8
Number: 1-2
ISSN: 1869-814X
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Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 28 Jul 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:14

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