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Fostering collaboration in the management of family finances

Fostering collaboration in the management of family finances
Fostering collaboration in the management of family finances
Managing finances is a practice carried out daily in homes across the world. Despite this, the practice is not yet a strong focus for HCI work in the home. This paper looks specifically at the ways that families organise and manage their finances. Based on a process of in-situ qualitative interviews, we find that money management is often a collaborative process in the family and occurs in a similar way to other household tasks; as part of existing divisions of domestic labour. Participating families reflected upon the creative and often low-tech systems they used to manage their finances and ideas they had for 'ideal' technologies that would better help them organise their money. This paper presents ideas for fostering collaboration around family finances. Design propositions are made towards a Family Holiday Expense Tracker and family-situated bill payment reminder, both of which aim to encourage whole-of-family collaboration around money management and better including children in what is, at-present, an activity they are largely excluded from.
family, finance, home, budget, collaborate
380-387
ACM
Snow, Stephen
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Vyas, Dhaval
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Ploderer, Bernd
Snow, Stephen
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Vyas, Dhaval
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Ploderer, Bernd

Snow, Stephen and Vyas, Dhaval (2015) Fostering collaboration in the management of family finances. In, Ploderer, Bernd (ed.) OzCHI '15 The Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction. other; 2015-12-01 (01/12/15) New York, US. ACM, pp. 380-387. (doi:10.1145/2838739.2838746).

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Abstract

Managing finances is a practice carried out daily in homes across the world. Despite this, the practice is not yet a strong focus for HCI work in the home. This paper looks specifically at the ways that families organise and manage their finances. Based on a process of in-situ qualitative interviews, we find that money management is often a collaborative process in the family and occurs in a similar way to other household tasks; as part of existing divisions of domestic labour. Participating families reflected upon the creative and often low-tech systems they used to manage their finances and ideas they had for 'ideal' technologies that would better help them organise their money. This paper presents ideas for fostering collaboration around family finances. Design propositions are made towards a Family Holiday Expense Tracker and family-situated bill payment reminder, both of which aim to encourage whole-of-family collaboration around money management and better including children in what is, at-present, an activity they are largely excluded from.

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Published date: December 2015
Venue - Dates: other; 2015-12-01, 2015-12-01
Keywords: family, finance, home, budget, collaborate
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 386428
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386428
PURE UUID: 79689c69-2dda-42b9-9c8a-4266a5ce41d8

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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:18
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:49

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