Online consumers' switching behavior: A buyer-seller relationship perspective

Dahui Li, Glenn J. Browne, James C. Wetherbe

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Limited studies have investigated online consumer loyalty and retention from a relationship orientation in electronic commerce research. It is important to understand the differences in relationship orientations between people who have the propensity to stick to particular web sites ("stayers") and people who have the propensity to switch to alternative web sites ("switchers"). This study proposes a relationship-based classification schema consisting of five dimensions, i.e., commitment, trust, satisfaction, comparison level of the alternatives, and non-retrievable investment. Data were collected from 299 college students who had experience with e-commerce websites. Using discriminant analysis, we found that stayers and switchers were significantly different along the five research dimensions. Satisfaction with the current website was the most important discriminant factor, followed by trust, commitment, comparison level of alternative websites, and non-retrievable investment in the current website. Implications of the findings for researchers and practitioners are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Research in E-Branding
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781599048130
StatePublished - 2008


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