Title: Managing the gap between disruptive innovation and people's perceptions: the case of wearable devices

Authors: Gianluca Zanella; Teja Guda

Addresses: Center for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA ' Center for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA

Abstract: This study examines the relationship between social benefits, perceived risk, privacy assurance mechanisms, and self-disclosure of wearable devices data. Self-disclosure of wearable was hypothesised to be positively affected only by social benefits and not by perceived privacy risks. The findings of this study suggest that people perceive wearable devices as a new mean to interact with their social groups and not as a potential threat to their medical information. As expected, privacy concerns do not significantly affect the self-disclosure, while privacy assurance mechanisms do significantly affect self-disclosure. In addition, younger people are more likely to share online their wearable device's data. Given the sensitive nature of wearable device data, potential issues and concerns are discussed.

Keywords: wearable devices; privacy concerns; managing innovation; online self-disclosure; emerging medical records; technology intelligence and planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2020.109776

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2020 Vol.12 No.4, pp.378 - 396

Accepted: 07 Jul 2020
Published online: 23 Sep 2020 *

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