The International Technology Management Review

Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages 47 - 58

The Influence of Social Commerce on Consumer Decisions

Authors
H.A.H. Hettiarachchi, C.N. Wickramasinghe, S. Ranathunga
Corresponding Author
H.A.H. Hettiarachchi
Available Online 31 March 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/itmr.7.1.5How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Consumer Decision-Making Stages, Online Social Networks, Social Commerce, Social Commerce Constructs, Social Support
Abstract

Today, comprehending consumer behavior is becoming dynamically challenging with the emergence of social commerce. Business organizations are now striving to convince consumers by exploiting the advantage of social support empowered by online social networks. Importantly, social ties in such online social networks facilitate trust as the most compelling benefit while alleviating the perceived risk, which happened to be the major concerns with electronic commerce over the years. This research study is aimed at understanding the impact of social commerce on the consumer behavior, particularly consumer decision-making stages. Hence, this research was conducted as a quantitative study involving a cross-sectional survey and gathered valid responses from Facebook users. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was used to analyze data and test hypotheses. The findings exhibited significant positive effects from social commerce on all the consumer decision-making stages namely; need recognition, information search, alternative evaluation, purchase decision and post-purchase decision. Therefore, this study highlights the importance of employing an appropriate social commerce strategy for business organizations.

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Journal
The International Technology Management Review
Volume-Issue
7 - 1
Pages
47 - 58
Publication Date
2018/03/31
ISSN (Online)
1835-5269
ISSN (Print)
2213-7149
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/itmr.7.1.5How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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