Methods to study everyday activities in a mobile work context - A literature overview

E. Palomäki, K. Hakkarainen, M. Vartiainen, M. Heiskala

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This article presents an overview of methods to study everyday activities in their contexts. We focused on contextual research methods used to study the daily life of workers, and a sub-group of mobile workers. The prevalence of the following methods was examined in literature: self-report recall surveys, time diaries, direct field observation, and experience sampling method (ESM). We identified only few articles where the methods were used to study working life. Adding the search term "mobile work" returned no hits. Based on this, we claim that there is a real need to apply the existing methods and to develop new methods to study mobile and multi-locational work in their contexts. The implication for future research is to point the need for filling the gaps between areas of daily research methods and studies of daily working life, and especially daily mobile work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThird International Conference, DUXU 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014
EditorsAaron Marcus
Number of pages12
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-07626-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume8518 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability
Abbreviated titleDUXU


  • bibliometric analysis
  • context-awareness
  • daily life research
  • ecological momentary assessment
  • everyday activity research
  • mobile and multilocational work
  • mobile data collection
  • mobile methods


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