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Construction of on‐line consumer behavior models: a comparative study of industries in Taiwan

Wen‐Bao Lin (National Formosa University, Huwei, Taiwan)

International Journal of Commerce and Management

ISSN: 1056-9219

Article publication date: 31 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to construct a model for factors that affect on‐line consumer behavior intentions and post‐purchasing behavior by: integrating the decomposed theory of planned behavior, technology acceptance model, and relationship quality; identifying the difference of industries in their effect on consumer behavior; and inferring management implications from implementing empirical data analysis based on the structural equation model.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper investigates samples of banking and travel agents' customers in Taiwan, selected from four metropolitan areas, using stratified random sampling and LISREL hypotheses testing.

Findings

The paper finds differences in the management of banking and tourism industries, regarding professional “brand image”; the affect of “subjective norm”; “perceived risk” and “gap of perceived service quality.” “Product involvement” has no significant influence on “actual behavior”. Intervening variables such as product attribute, personal character of consumers exist in the relationship of product involvement and actual behavior.

Research limitations/implications

The paper combines different theories and discusses many variables, so the verification and explanation of this study model may not be complete enough. It is suggested that researchers may aim at a single theory and discuss fewer variables to give a more comprehensive and deepened argumentation.

Practical implications

This paper gives very useful, practical marketing suggestions for person‐based services.

Originality/value

The value of this paper lies in its presentation of a model for factors that affect on‐line consumer behavior intentions and post‐purchasing behavior.

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Citation

Lin, W. (2008), "Construction of on‐line consumer behavior models: a comparative study of industries in Taiwan", International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 123-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/10569210810895221

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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