New article on the design of IS certifications published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology

(02.09.2022) Our paper “Advancing the Presentation of IS Certifications: Theory-driven Guidelines for Designing Peripheral Cues to Increase Users’ Trust Perceptions” by Sebastian Lins and Ali Sunyaev has been published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology.

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Whereas the importance of information system (IS) certifications is increasing to prove compliance with regulatory and industry requirements, research reveals inconsistent findings concerning the effectiveness of IS certifications. Prior studies have concluded that such inconsistent findings stem partly from users’ limited understanding of the nature and role of certifications due to ineffective certification presentations. We follow a three-phase, theory-driven design science approach to examine how to design effective certification presentations. First, we identified sources of users’ limited understanding and formulated a revised certification presentation that facilitates users’ peripheral information processing. We tested our design proposal in an online experiment with 300 participants. Second, we derived meta-requirements and design guidelines by validating a theory-driven model of certification presentations through an online survey with 352 participants. Third, we implemented three certification presentations complying with example guidelines and ran an online experiment with 400 participants to test whether these presentations are effective. We contribute to research and practice by proposing a design theory for certification presentations composed of peripheral cues inducing authority, social proof and likeability to increase users’ trust perceptions.