Towards understanding members' interactivity, trust, and flow in online travel community

Jyh‐Jeng Wu (Department of Business Administration, Providence University, Taichung Hsien, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Yong‐Sheng Chang (Department of Business Administration, Providence University, Taichung Hsien, Taiwan, Republic of China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Publication date: 1 September 2005

Abstract

Purpose

This study targeted members of online travel communities to explore the factors that affect the experience of flow and how flow affects the transaction intentions of these members.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to test this model, data were collected via an online questionnaire, with a total of 286 survey instruments available. The data were analyzed using structural equations modeling with AMOS.

Findings

The empirical findings showed that, first, as far as the online travel communities members are concerned, both interactivity and trust do affect each other. Second, interactivity is the key factor for the members to have flow experience in online travel communities. Third, the experience of flow can enhance the transaction intentions of members while they are in the online travel communities.

Practical implications

Web site administrators should improve the interactivity with the members, so that they can have flow experience, and further strengthen their transaction intentions.

Originality/value

This paper provides a model to understand online travel communities members who place their trust in the online travel agencies and, interacting with the web sites in ways that result in a flow experience, ultimately intensify their transaction intentions.

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Citation

Wu, J. and Chang, Y. (2005), "Towards understanding members' interactivity, trust, and flow in online travel community", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 105 No. 7, pp. 937-954. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570510616120

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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