Website trust evaluation as cognitive information processing and the moderating role of situational involvement and e-commerce knowledge

Chunsik Lee, Jisu Huh

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Abstract

Applying the elaboration likelihood model to the initial website trust formation context, this study investigated the cognitive process in which consumers evaluate an unfamiliar website and form website trust. Specifically, it examined consumers' cognitive process of various website design and content factors in the formation of website trust, and the influence of two specific consumer characteristics - situational involvement and e-commerce knowledge - on the cognitive processing. Results from an experiment revealed that the level of e-commerce knowledge was significantly related to the extent of cognitive processing during website trust formation. Also, consumers with a low level of situational involvement and e-commerce knowledge tended to place more focus on website design factors, which are peripheral cues, than did those with a high level of involvement and knowledge. In addition, this study found that consumers with higher levels of involvement were more likely to seek and actively process trust-inducing arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-198
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • E-commerce knowledge
  • Elaboration likelihood model
  • Involvement
  • Online trust
  • Website trust

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