PACIS 2021 Proceedings

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In this empirical study, we present requirements and design principles for a virtual collaborator – an AI that acts like a virtual teammate in a physical creative workshop situation to promote creative work. Therefore, we consider relevant literature as well as insights from creative workshops in the automotive industry by conducting interviews with participants of these workshops. We derive problem areas and corresponding requirements raised by the participants. Main problem areas are individual challenges and group interaction related challenges as well as creative work with new methods and general problems working in workshop sessions. To conquer those problems, the interviewees stated requirements to the virtual collaborator mainly to get a more objective perspective in a workshop, make workshops more participative and create an open mindset and atmosphere for creative work. Besides, the interviewees wish to solve problems like building clusters of content and taking the minutes.



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