Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Finance and Decision Sciences

Title

Understanding the role of gender in bloggers' switching behavior

Language

English

Abstract

Blog has become an increasingly popular form of social networking technology in recent years. Many world famous web sites (e.g., Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google) are providing blog services on the Internet. Bloggers, therefore, can easily establish and maintain their blogs through such services. However, research on blogs' adoption and diffusion is rare. In this study, we attempt to study bloggers' post-adoption behaviors. We examine bloggers' intention to switch their blog services by building upon studies in the marketing and IS literature. Particularly, the role of gender is explored and an online survey is conducted to test the research model. Findings confirm that bloggers' intention to switch their blog services is strongly associated with three factors: satisfaction, sunk costs, and attractive alternatives. Meanwhile, moderating effects are found in gender, but not in sunk costs. Implications for both researchers and practitioners are provided. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keywords

Attractive alternatives, Blog, Gender, Intention to switch, Post-adoption, Satisfaction, Social computing, Sunk costs

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Decision Support Systems

Volume

47

Issue

4

Start Page

540

End Page

546

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.dss.2009.05.013

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2009.05.013

ISSN (print)

01679236

ISSN (electronic)

18735797

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