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Drivers of managers’ affect (emotions) and corporate website usage: a comparative analysis between a developed and developing country

Ramendra Thakur (Department of Marketing, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA)
Dhoha AlSaleh (College of Business, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 14 October 2020

Issue publication date: 25 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

Existing literature reveals a general lack of research on business-to-business (B2B) ecommerce showcasing how managers’ affect plays a role in enhancing their attitude toward the businesses they work with. The purpose of this study is to fill that void by ascertaining whether managers’ corporate website knowledge, corporate website expertise and affect toward a corporate site influence their attitude toward the corporate website. It also investigates whether managers’ attitude guides corporate website usage intention in the context of two culturally diverse countries.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from managers from the USA and Kuwait using an online survey method. Structural equation modeling using EQS 6.2 software was used for analysis.

Findings

The results indicate that corporate Web knowledge influences Web expertise and affect in the US sample; in the Kuwaiti sample, Web knowledge influences Web expertise but does not influence affect. The findings in both studies reveal that managers’ knowledge about the Web has a positive effect on their attitude toward a business website. For Kuwaiti managers, Web expertise has a positive influence on affect. However, Web expertise does not influence managers’ affect in the US sample. The results further suggest that affect influences a manager’s attitude toward corporate websites in the US and Kuwaiti samples.

Originality/value

Self-efficacy and affect infusion theories serve as the foundation for this study. This research adds to these two theories in three ways. First, it examines the combined influence of affect and attitude on B2B managers’ intent to use a corporate website. Second, it proposes a single model that examines the combined relationships among managers’ knowledge and managers’ Web expertise that elicit managerial affect toward corporate websites. Third, the proposed model was tested using samples from two diverse countries (developed, the USA, and developing, Kuwait).

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Acknowledgements

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science.

Citation

Thakur, R. and AlSaleh, D. (2021), "Drivers of managers’ affect (emotions) and corporate website usage: a comparative analysis between a developed and developing country", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 36 No. 6, pp. 962-976. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-02-2020-0118

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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