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Towards an understanding of the behavioral intention to use online news services: An exploratory study

Yen‐Hao Howard Chen (Public Television Service, Taiwan, ROC)
David Corkindale (International Graduate School of Business, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 6 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Research into the use/adoption of online news services (ONSs) is still in its infancy, Scholars have indicated that there is no comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding or predicting consumers' online adoption behavior. The purpose of the paper is to propose a theoretical framework as a foundation for better understanding and further analyzing the adoption of ONSs.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review was conducted together with a series of in‐depth interviews with selected key industry experts. Three paradigms (i.e. the Diffusion of Innovation Theory, the Technology Acceptance Model, the Uses and Gratifications Theory) were examined and included findings from research into some aspects of online behaviour and these are discussed in relation to the objectives of this paper.

Findings

Six factors are identified as potential key drivers in the adoption of ONSs These are based on the findings from the literature review and the in‐depth interviews with the industry experts. The six factors are: Perceived Usefulness (PU), Perceived Core Service Quality (PCSQ), Perceived Supplementary Service Quality (PSSQ), Trust, Networking, Interface and Subjective Norm. A theoretical framework for better understanding and analyzing the adoption of ONSs is built that shows the relationship among these factors and adoption of ONSs.

Originality/value

For researchers, this paper provides a framework to identify and understand the way the potential key factors contribute to the adoption of online news services. For practitioners, this framework lists the features that specifically attract online news users. Understanding users' preferences is of major importance in e‐businesses for making strategic decisions to increase user satisfaction, as well as improving the performance of the business.

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Citation

Howard Chen, Y. and Corkindale, D. (2008), "Towards an understanding of the behavioral intention to use online news services: An exploratory study", Internet Research, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 286-312. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662240810883326

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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