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Consumers’ impulsive buying behavior of restaurant products in social commerce

Namho Chung (College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyung Hee University , Seoul, South Korea)
Hyo Geun Song (Department of Culinary Science and Food Service Management, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University , Seoul, South Korea)
Hyunae Lee (Department of Hotel Management, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University , Seoul, South Korea)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 13 February 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

First, this paper aims to investigate the impact of impulsiveness on two types of shopping value (e.g. utilitarian and hedonic value) and the urge to buy restaurant products and services impulsively in social commerce environments. Second, the study assesses the impact of situational factors (e.g. scarcity and serendipity) on individuals’ shopping values.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 332 participants. By using PLS-graph 3.0, structural equation modeling was conducted. Furthermore, a hierarchical regression model was conducted for testing the mediating and moderating effects.

Findings

The results indicate that impulsiveness is a strong predictor for two types of shopping value (hedonic and utilitarian) and the urge to buy impulsively. While the hedonic shopping value was found to have a significant influence on the urge to buy impulsively, utilitarian value was not. Scarcity was moderator in the relationships between impulsiveness and both types of shopping value, whereas serendipity was found to moderate only the relationship between impulsiveness and the utilitarian shopping value.

Practical implications

The findings show that the marketing managers and application developers of social commerce should place their focus on scarcity and serendipity to stimulate consumers in having a hedonic shopping value so to have an urge to buy impulsively.

Originality/value

First, although most previous studies focused on only rational or planned consumption, this study focused on irrational and unplanned consumption as well. Second, the authors assessed the role of situational factors (scarcity and serendipity) occurring in social commerce and asserted that these factors moderate the relationship between consumers’ shopping values and their urge to buy impulsively.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2013S1A3A2043345).

Citation

Chung, N., Song, H.G. and Lee, H. (2017), "Consumers’ impulsive buying behavior of restaurant products in social commerce", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 709-731. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2015-0608

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