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Consumers’ attitudes towards online and mobile banking in China

Sylvie Laforet (Management School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Xiaoyan Li (Management School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

International Journal of Bank Marketing

ISSN: 0265-2323

Article publication date: 1 August 2005




The aim of this study is to investigate the market status for online/mobile banking in China. With the recent and forecasted high growth of Chinese electronic banking, it has the potential to develop into a world‐scale internet economy and requires examination.


The demographic, attitudinal and behavioural characteristics of online and mobile bank users were examined. Respondents from six major Chinese cities participated in the consumer survey.


The results showed Chinese online and mobile bank users were predominantly males, not necessarily young and highly educated, in contrast with the electronic bank users in the West. The issue of security was found to be the most important factor that motivated Chinese consumer adoption of online banking. Main barriers to online banking were the perception of risks, computer and technological skills and Chinese traditional cash‐carry banking culture. The barriers to mobile banking adoption were lack of awareness and understanding of the benefits provided by mobile banking.


This study offers an insight into online/mobile banking in China, which has not previously been investigated. Distinct differences and common trends between Chinese and other countries were observed with clear indication of marketing strategy to be deployed by the service providers.



Laforet, S. and Li, X. (2005), "Consumers’ attitudes towards online and mobile banking in China", International Journal of Bank Marketing, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 362-380.



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