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Exploring Gender Differences in Online Consumer Purchase Decision Making: An Online Product Presentation Perspective

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  • Xiaolin Lin

    (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

  • Mauricio Featherman

    (Washington State University)

  • Stoney L. Brooks

    (Middle Tennessee State University)

  • Nick Hajli

    (University of Tehran)

Abstract

Gender effects remain poorly understood in the E-commerce setting. Using the selectivity model, this research further investigates gender differences in consumer Web-based purchase decisions. Specifically, gender differences in the effects of interactivity, vividness, diagnosticity, and perceived risk on subsequent consumer attitude and online purchase intentions are investigated and explained. An empirical survey-based research study in the e-commerce context found that gender differences exist in the relative influence of each antecedent. Specifically, interactivity and perceived risk influenced attitude formation more for males than females, while vividness and diagnosticity influenced attitude formation more for females than males. In addition, attitude toward online product presentation influenced purchase intention more strongly for males than females. For e-Commerce web-site designers and brand managers, our results highlight the importance of being gender aware when developing their web presence. While some sites may benefit from a gender-neutral design, others may benefit from a design based on results reported here.

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  • Xiaolin Lin & Mauricio Featherman & Stoney L. Brooks & Nick Hajli, 2019. "Exploring Gender Differences in Online Consumer Purchase Decision Making: An Online Product Presentation Perspective," Information Systems Frontiers, Springer, vol. 21(5), pages 1187-1201, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:infosf:v:21:y:2019:i:5:d:10.1007_s10796-018-9831-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s10796-018-9831-1
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