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The antecedents and consequents of relationship quality in internet shopping

Ki‐Han Chung (Department of Business Administration, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea)
Jae‐Ik Shin (Department of Business Administration, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 5 October 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the significance of relationship quality factors (customer satisfaction, e‐trust, and e‐commitment) on positive word of mouth (WOM) in online retailing.

Design/methodology/approach

The relative importance of site characteristics in online retailing on customer satisfaction was examined and the relationship among customer satisfaction, trust, and commitment in offline was identified. This paper then proposes a conceptual model of the relationship among site characteristics, relationship quality, and WOM in online retailing. AMOS 5.0 was used to test for the hypothesized relationships.

Findings

All of site characteristics in online retailing have a positive influence on customer satisfaction. Communication of site characteristics has a positive effect on customer satisfaction more than the other factors (shopping convenience, site design, informativeness, and security). Customer satisfaction affects positively e‐commitment more than it does e‐trust. E‐commitment affects positively WOM more than it does e‐trust. This paper identifies the causal relationship among site characteristics, relationship quality, and WOM. Further, the relative importance of customer satisfaction in relationship quality of online retailing is examined.

Originality/value

Results provide important insights into the impact of site characteristics in online retailing on customer satisfaction compared to other previous researches. In addition, e‐trust and e‐commitment are identified as important antecedents of e‐WOM.

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Citation

Chung, K. and Shin, J. (2010), "The antecedents and consequents of relationship quality in internet shopping", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 473-491. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555851011090510

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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