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An examination of media richness theory in product Web site design: an empirical study

Steven John Simon (Associate Professor, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Spero C. Peppas (Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business Relations, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Internet2 research will lead to new technologies that will launch the Internet into another wave of unprecedented growth with enhanced interactivity and greater amounts of information delivered via richer communication. As a result, Web‐based retailers must begin to rethink the design of their sites, the amount of information to provide, and the degree of media richness to deliver. Based on a large sample of managers, this study examines media richness theory in the context of simple and complex products. The findings suggest that, overall, Internet users have more positive attitudes and higher levels of satisfaction with regard to rich sites than to lean sites, although the results for simple product sites were inconclusive. The study discusses the impact of the results for both simple and complex products and details the development of a new experimental instrument to measure user attitudes and satisfaction.

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Simon, S.J. and Peppas, S.C. (2004), "An examination of media richness theory in product Web site design: an empirical study", info, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 270-281. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690410555672

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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