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Publication date: 19 May 2022

Trevor G. Gates, Mark Hughes, Jack Thepsourinthone and Tinashe Dune

This brief paper aims to examine the extent to which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) older adults in Australia used the internet for…

Abstract

Purpose

This brief paper aims to examine the extent to which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) older adults in Australia used the internet for social, informational and instrumental needs, including how internet use changed during COVID-19.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a survey advertised to LGBTIQ+ older adults (N = 394), recruited as a sample of convenience, on social networking sites and via LGBTIQ+ and aged care organizations.

Findings

Self-reported internet use decreased during COVID-19, with various significant between-group differences in purposes of internet use and sexuality, gender, living arrangements and time.

Originality/value

The internet can be a critical form of social contact for LGBTIQ+ older adults, and this is among the first studies in Australia about their internet use during COVID-19. Findings from the study suggest patterns of internet use may be decreasing among LGBTIQ+ older adults during the pandemic.

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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, vol. 23 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-7794

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Publication date: 9 August 2022

Feng Yang, Shan Zhao and Xiaoqian Zhang

China’s globalizing Internet describes a situation where China is using the Internet as a tool or medium to transmit its voice on the world stage and enhance its influence…

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Purpose

China’s globalizing Internet describes a situation where China is using the Internet as a tool or medium to transmit its voice on the world stage and enhance its influence over the global Internet governance system and the global digitalization process. Several concerns, however, exist regarding China’s globalizing Internet strategies. This paper aims to respond to these concerns and enhance the understanding of China’s globalizing Internet strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper will use content analysis to trace the policy development trajectory of China’s globalizing Internet, including policy vision, policy-making agencies and policy tools.

Findings

The Chinese government has issued a considerable number of policies to regulate and promote the development of the Internet since 2014. The key trend that emerged from the analysis of China’s globalizing Internet policy is the cooperation among different agencies. Existing policies have comprehensively used the supply-oriented tools, the environment-oriented tools and the demand-oriented tools; and the last two tools have been used more frequently in recent years.

Originality/value

The analysis results contribute to understanding how China uses digital technology to enhance its influence over the global Internet governance system.

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Digital Transformation and Society, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2755-0761

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Publication date: 13 June 2022

Biswajit Ghose and Santi Gopal Maji

The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of Internet banking intensity on banks' profitability performance. It also examines the deferential impact of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of Internet banking intensity on banks' profitability performance. It also examines the deferential impact of Internet banking intensity on the profitability performance of public and private sector banks.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses data of 67 commercial banks operating in India over 9 years from 2011–2012 to 2019–2020. The volume and value of Internet banking are used as two proxies for Internet banking intensity. Return on assets and return on equity are considered measures of banks' profitability performances. The system GMM model and the three-stage least square (3SLS) model are used to investigate the impact of Internet banking intensity on performance.

Findings

The results indicate that the volume and value of Internet banking increase the overall profitability of the banks. The results further reveal that the positive impact of Internet banking on performance is higher in the case of public sector banks which possibly indicates that there are economies of scale of operation.

Practical implications

The results suggest that banks and policymakers should strive to increase internet banking scope to improve performance. Private banks should focus on increasing their customer base to achieve economies of scale and public banks should work on the efficient utilization of resources.

Originality/value

Prior studies investigated the impact of Internet banking adoption on the performance of banks. This study attempted to examine the impact of Internet banking intensity on the profitability performance of banks in the context of an emerging economy.

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Managerial Finance, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4358

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Publication date: 14 June 2022

Nilani Priyanka Gunasekara, Warnakulasuriya Mahesh Niroshan Fernando and E.A.C.P. Karunarathne

Over the past few years, the internet has expanded rapidly, and it has been considered a systematic way that consumers use to retrieve health-related information. However…

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Purpose

Over the past few years, the internet has expanded rapidly, and it has been considered a systematic way that consumers use to retrieve health-related information. However, the existing literature does not provide an articulated view of online health information-seeking behaviour through an in-depth understanding of users’ searching-related behaviour. The objectives of this study are to identify the factors affecting consumers’ health-related internet use and recognise the relationships between those specified and health-related internet use. Finally, the recommendations are made based on the findings.

Design/methodology/approach

An amalgamated model of technology acceptance model and health belief model was used to hypothesise health-related internet use behaviour, which is then tested using a cross-sectional survey of 287 Sri Lankan managerial-level employees. The covariance-based structural equation modelling with AMOS was used to check the study hypotheses.

Findings

Findings of this study depict five factors contributing to consumers’ health-related internet use as follows: perceived health risk towards chronic diseases consisting of perceived susceptibility and perceived severity; health consciousness; perceived usefulness of the internet; perceived ease of internet use; and attitude towards health-related internet use. As theorised, the internet’s perceived usefulness was positively and significantly related to consumers’ use of health-related internet and attitude towards health-related internet use. But as hypothesised, perceived ease of internet use did not directly affect consumers’ use of health-related internet. Further, findings reveal that health-related internet use is estimated by perceived health risk than health consciousness.

Originality/value

Findings reveal that Sri Lankan managerial-level employees have a reactive health behaviour driven by the perceived health risk and the desire to seek online health information.

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International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6123

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Article
Publication date: 1 November 1998

Debra Fayter

This paper outlines the rationale behind the development of a course aimed at university lecturers wishing to use the Internet for teaching and learning. It evaluates some…

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This paper outlines the rationale behind the development of a course aimed at university lecturers wishing to use the Internet for teaching and learning. It evaluates some of the potential benefits of using the Internet and assesses lecturers’ concerns about exploiting this teaching resource. It covers the design and development of the course. Finally, it considers some important points lecturers should bear in mind before embarking on using the Internet for teaching and learning.

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Education + Training, vol. 40 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2000

Alka Varma Citrin, David E. Sprott, Steven N. Silverman and Donald E. Stem

The projected sales potential for Internet commerce indicates that businesses must understand those consumer characteristics that will influence consumer adoption of this…

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The projected sales potential for Internet commerce indicates that businesses must understand those consumer characteristics that will influence consumer adoption of this medium for shopping. An empirical study conducted here (n = 403) investigates the extent to which open‐processing (more general innovativeness) and domain‐specific innovativeness explain the conditions under which consumers move from general Internet usage to a product purchase via the Internet. The results of our study find that generally higher amounts of Internet use (for non‐shopping activities) are associated with an increased amount of Internet product purchases. Importantly, however, this relationship is moderated by domain‐specific but not general innovativeness. Implications for business practice and academic research are provided.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 100 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 2005

Chang E. Koh and Kyungdoo “Ted” Nam

This study explores the relevance of the value chain concept in internet‐driven business and assesses the extent to which businesses utilize the internet from a value…

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Purpose

This study explores the relevance of the value chain concept in internet‐driven business and assesses the extent to which businesses utilize the internet from a value chain perspective. It attempts to answer the following three questions: is the value chain concept relevant and applicable to the internet as a means of understanding the internet? To what extent do organizations utilize the internet according to a value chain perspective? Does the business use of the internet change over time?

Design/methodology/approach

To answer these questions, a longitudinal survey study was conducted over a two‐year period. The first study collected data from 110 firms on the way they utilize the internet. Two years later, a similar survey was conducted with 70 firms using the same instrument used in the first study.

Findings

The study provided empirical support for the use of the value chain concept as a viable taxonomy for assessing the level of adoption of the internet. The study also provided a time‐lapsed glimpse of how organizations evolve in adopting the internet.

Research limitations/implications

One of the shortcomings of the study is in the sampling process, although various measures were taken to ensure that the data represent a wide range of organizations, so that the findings can be reasonably generalizable.

Practical implications

The most important practical contribution of the study is that it provides practitioners with a tool to systematically plan and deploy an ever‐increasing array of internet applications. The internet value chain model should provide organizations with a strategic and macro perspective to evaluate and manage various internet applications.

Originality/value

An important contribution of this study is that it empirically observed the evolution of the internet practices in business according to the value chain framework. There has been plenty of anecdotal evidence of changes in the way business utilizes the internet, but no study has empirically assessed these changes systematically based on a theoretical framework. The study provides a valuable theoretical framework for researchers to continuously accumulate knowledge on the use of the internet in business.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 105 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 1 April 2003

Alan Wilson and Nial Laskey

This paper examines how online market research is utilised within UK market research agencies and what opportunities or problems this new research tool is giving the…

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This paper examines how online market research is utilised within UK market research agencies and what opportunities or problems this new research tool is giving the market research industry. The research involved sending 120 postal questionnaires to UK based market research agencies that claimed to do Internet based research. The main findings from the study show that the dramatic growth predicted by industry commentators is not evident among practising market researchers. Internet research is tending to be used for specialist types of research study such as Web site evaluation, business to business and employee research, where the audience is more likely to be online, or are part of an easily accessible database list supplied by clients. The research also found continuing concern about sample frames, attrition of panel members and response rates. Many in the industry are still undecided on the likely problems and opportunities associated with Internet research. There needs to be far more research and development if Internet based research is to become a serious alternative to traditional research methods.

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Marketing Intelligence & Planning, vol. 21 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-4503

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Publication date: 1 June 2002

MiYoung Lee and Kim K.P. Johnson

We investigated whether differences existed among Internet apparel purchasers, browsers, and non‐purchasers in terms of their attitudes about Internet shopping and…

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We investigated whether differences existed among Internet apparel purchasers, browsers, and non‐purchasers in terms of their attitudes about Internet shopping and retailers, willingness to provide credit card information, Internet use behavior, and demographic characteristics. Data were obtained from an Internet survey conducted by the Graphic, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Internet apparel purchasers were significantly different both from the Internet apparel browsers and non‐purchasers, but browsers were not significantly different from non‐purchasers.

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Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-2026

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2004

Ireneus Luambano and Julita Nawe

This paper is based on a Master’s dissertation whose objective was to determine the purpose for which students of the University of Dar es Salaam use the Internet (see…

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This paper is based on a Master’s dissertation whose objective was to determine the purpose for which students of the University of Dar es Salaam use the Internet (see www.udsm.ac.tz/). It was to determine if students were using the Internet for academic purposes. The study also investigated the level of students’ access to the Internet, as well as the problems students faced in Internet use. The web site has specific information on faculties, institutes, and departments, including training programmes. The Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) has been installed at the Main Campus and UCLAS libraries, replacing the manual card catalogues. The OPAC has simple and advanced search options, using ADLID software. Plans are underway to convert the manual catalogue of MUCHS library into an online catalogue. The survey method was used as the basic method for data collection, employing the questionnaire and the interview. Participant observation and focus group discussion are other methods used. The study revealed that the level of students’ access to the Internet was low, and the major reason was that at the time of the study, computers with Internet facilities were inadequate. The findings also revealed that the students who had access to the Internet were not using it effectively. They used it mainly for communication with friends and relatives more than for academic purposes. The cause of this was found to be lack of skills required for effective use of the internet. The study recommends the provision of more computers with Internet facilities, increasing Internet access speed, as well as providing more chances of training in Internet use.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 21 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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