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E-service quality on live streaming platforms: swift guanxi perspective

Min Zhang (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Lin Sun (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Fang Qin (College of Economics and Management, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, China)
G. Alan Wang (Department of Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA)

Journal of Services Marketing

ISSN: 0887-6045

Article publication date: 14 October 2020

Issue publication date: 14 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

In recent years, more and more e-retailers have adopted live streaming services to attract customers. Although the extant literature has mostly examined the motivations for live streaming usage, it remains unclear how to enhance customers’ purchase behaviour. Based on the social exchange theory, in the context of live streaming platforms (LSP), this study aims to investigate the impact of information quality and interaction quality on swift guanxi and customers’ purchase intention.

Design/methodology/approach

This study conducted an online survey to conduct two rounds of data collection and analyses the data using SPSS and SmartPLS softwares.

Findings

The results show that information quality (believability, usefulness and vividness) and interaction quality (responsiveness, real-time interaction and empathy) are positively related to swift guanxi, which may influence customers’ online purchase intention on LSP.

Originality/value

Prior service quality studies tend to focus on traditional physical stores and e-commerce websites context. This study offers the description of key dimensions of service quality on emerging LSP context. The study also confirms the importance of swift guanxi in an online marketplace.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, grant Nos. 71572122, 71702126).

Citation

Zhang, M., Sun, L., Qin, F. and Wang, G.A. (2021), "E-service quality on live streaming platforms: swift guanxi perspective", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 312-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSM-01-2020-0009

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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