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Interaction cost can comprise work, costs, and other expenses, required to complete a task or interaction. This applies to several categories, including:

  • Economy: the interaction cost of a purchase includes the requirements to complete it, and differ in costs for customers and vendors. Method of payment offered may factor into both transaction cost and interaction cost. Reducing steps for customers can be a service offered by the vendor.[1] Interaction cost should be considered when clients choose vendors. [2] Customers prefer to have choice about their interactions cost.[3] In self-checkout, work is moved to the customer.
  • Politics: Specific interaction cost can be increased by law for political gains.[4]
  • User interface: In a computer menu with a graphical user interface, some designs require more clicks from the user in order to make a selection. With a dropdown menu, one click (or touch or hover) may reveal a hidden menu (sub menu), with a second click required to select the menu option. If the entire menu were displayed all along, as in a navigation bar, only one click would be required, but the menu would occupy more screen space. Sub-menus require even more care from the user to make a desired selection.[5]

Further readingEdit

  • (German) Klaus Lange and Frank Sippel: Verwaltungsautomation und Bürgerservice: Ansätze zur Aufhebung eines Widerspruchs, Springer, Wiesbaden 1986, ISBN 978-3-531-11850-5 doi:10.1007/978-3-663-19766-9
  • (German) Torsten Blecker: Unternehmung ohne Grenzen: Konzepte, Strategien und Gestaltungsempfehlungen …, Deutscher Universitäts-Verlag 1998, ISBN 978-3-8244-9021-9 doi:10.1007/978-3-322-95311-7 P. 272, 285


  1. ^ "Gradmesser für neue Marktchancen - manager magazin". manager magazin. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  2. ^ Reichwald, Ralf; Piller, Frank. Interaktive Wertschöpfung: Open Innovation, Individualisierung und neue Formen der Arbeitsteilung. 25 July 2009: Springer. p. 171. ISBN 9783834994400.Interaction cost, p. 171, at Google Books
  3. ^ Pies, Ingo; Leschke, Martin (1997). Mancur Olsons Logik kollektiven Handelns. Mohr Siebeck. p. 44. ISBN 9783161467677.Interaction cost, p. 44, at Google Books
  4. ^ Peters, Hans-Rudolf (2000). Wirtschaftspolitik. Oldenbourg. p. 326. ISBN 9783486255027.Interaction cost, p. 326, at Google Books
  5. ^ Raluca Budiu (2013-08-31). "Interaction cost: Definition". NN Group. Retrieved 2017-04-09.