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    Technology Readiness in a B2B online retail context: An examination of antecedents and outcomes


    Vize, Roisin and Coughlan, Joseph and Kennedy, Aileen and Ellis-Chadwick, Fiona (2012) Technology Readiness in a B2B online retail context: An examination of antecedents and outcomes. Industrial Marketing Management, 42 (6). pp. 909-918. ISSN 0019-8501

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    Abstract

    This paper develops and empirically tests a model that examines the role of Technology Readiness (TR) in the Business-to-Business (B2B) context. It examines how the antecedents of TR affect the construct, and how the construct affects evaluations of a complex credence based B2B service. The research investigates how the retailers’ TR impacts their evaluation of web solution service providers (WSSPs). It responds to previous research calls by extending the TR construct from the business-to-consumer (B2C) perspective that is traditional in the extant literature into the B2B domain. The key findings of a survey conducted with 133 firms in the retail industry are that TR is an important contributor to the eventual achievement of service quality and satisfaction. The key contributions of this study are; first it develops and validates a measure of TR in a B2B context; second it investigates the antecedents of TR in this domain, demonstrating the impact of past inexperience, industry trust and switching costs on firms’ level of technology readiness to adopt online operations; and third, it finds that service quality and satisfaction are outcomes of TR. The key management implication for WSSPs is the need to address the TR levels of existing and potential clients if they wish to deliver successful e-business solutions to them, and that their clients’ TR can be better managed by making the offerings more easily understood, building relational rapport, reducing risk perceptions and adopting a client centric perspective throughout the process.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2013.05.020
    Keywords: Technology Readiness; Online Retailing; B2B Satisfaction; B2B Service Quality; Web Service Solution Provider (WSSP);
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 6593
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2013.05.020
    Depositing User: Joseph Coughlan
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 15:50
    Journal or Publication Title: Industrial Marketing Management
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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