Social value and online social shopping intention : the moderating role of experience

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-711
Journal / PublicationInformation Technology and People
Issue number3
Online published16 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2018


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore how the shoppers’ social value perception affects their purchase intention in online shopping context through its distinct role and relationships with other value dimensions. The moderating effect of the characteristics of other members on the relationship among value dimensions and the difference of value perception between experienced and inexperienced members were also tested to identify the boundary conditions of the proposed model.

Design/methodology/approach - The survey included 272 consumers from a well-known social shopping website in China to test the hypotheses.

Findings - The results indicate that hedonic and utilitarian value fully mediate the relationship between social value and purchase intention. Perceived expertise positively moderates the relationship between social value and the other two values. In particular, the results found that while inexperienced members can acquire both higher utilitarian and hedonic value from social value and their purchase intention relies more on the hedonic value, experienced members place greater emphasis on the utilitarian value.

Practical implications - The results may help vendors regain confidence in the social shopping business mode and offer specific policy implications on how to leverage shoppers’ social value perception to generate their purchase intention in a social shopping context.

Originality/value - This study focuses on the legitimacy of the independent role of social value and sheds light on the relationships among social value and other value dimensions based on social capital theory, which was under-explored by previous studies. Besides, this study clarifies the moderating role of experience, which highlights the previously unnoticed changing role of consumers’ value perception. © Emerald Publishing Limited.

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  • Community, Empirical study, Online shopping, Social capital theory

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