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Voice assistants in private households: a conceptual framework for future research in an interdisciplinary field

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  • Bettina Minder, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
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  • Patricia Wolf, University of Southern Denmark, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
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  • Matthias Baldauf, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
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  • Surabhi Verma

The present study identifies, organizes, and structures the available scientific knowledge on the recent use and the prospects of Voice Assistants (VA) in private households. The systematic review of the 207 articles from the Computer, Social, and Business and Management research domains combines bibliometric with qualitative content analysis. The study contributes to earlier research by consolidating the as yet dispersed insights from scholarly research, and by conceptualizing linkages between research domains around common themes. We find that, despite advances in the technological development of VA, research largely lacks cross-fertilization between findings from the Social and Business and Management Sciences. This is needed for developing and monetizing meaningful VA use cases and solutions that match the needs of private households. Few articles show that future research is well-advised to make interdisciplinary efforts to create a common understanding from complementary findings—e.g., what necessary social, legal, functional, and technological extensions could integrate social, behavioral, and business aspects with technological development. We identify future VA-based business opportunities and propose integrated future research avenues for aligning the different disciplines’ scholarly efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173
JournalHumanities and social sciences communications
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

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