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Consumers’ sustainable online purchase behaviour during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of relational benefit and site commitment

Mohammad Rashed Hasan Polas (Institute of Scientific Research and Graduate School, Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru)
Mosab I. Tabash (College of Business, Al Ain University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Asghar Afshar Jahanshahi (CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School (CCGBS), Lima, Peru and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru)
Bulbul Ahamed (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sonargaon University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 15 February 2022

Issue publication date: 29 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the factors that influence the sustainable online purchase intentions of consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study also examines the role of relational benefit and site commitment in the study model.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained from a survey of 356 Bangladeshi consumers who were voluntarily using the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were analyzed using partial least square structural equation modelling with Smart PLS 3.0 and SPSS V25 tools.

Findings

The results show a positive and significant relationship between consumers’ personal innovativeness and impulse purchase orientation with their relational benefit and site commitment, social influence with relational benefit, relational benefit with site commitment, site commitment with the intention to purchase. Moreover, the study found that relational benefit mediates the relationship between impulse purchase orientation and social influence with site commitment. The results also indicate that site commitment mediates the relationship between personal innovativeness and impulse purchase orientation with the intention to purchase. The results further indicate that site commitment mediates the relationship between relational benefit and intention to purchase.

Practical implications

The findings allow online stores to consider crucial factors in their policies when making strategic decisions regarding the factors impacting consumers’ online purchasing intention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originality/value

In this study, a research framework is developed with a focus on the sustainable consumer intention to purchase. This study, therefore, adds to the existing literature by analyzing the factors that determine online purchase intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, given the limited number of studies on the online consumer behavioral intentions in related circumstances to COVID-19.

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Acknowledgements

Authors would like to thank the locally trained data collection research assistants team who made the study smooth.

Funding: There is no specific funding for this study.

Citation

Polas, M.R.H., Tabash, M.I., Afshar Jahanshahi, A. and Ahamed, B. (2022), "Consumers’ sustainable online purchase behaviour during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of relational benefit and site commitment", Foresight, Vol. 24 No. 3/4, pp. 476-503. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-01-2021-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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