Exploring Online Transaction Self-Efficacy in Trust Building in B2C E-Commerce

Exploring Online Transaction Self-Efficacy in Trust Building in B2C E-Commerce

Young Hoon Kim (Rutgers University, USA), Dan J. Kim (University of Houstin Clear Lake, USA) and Yujong Hwang (DePaul University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.2009010102
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Abstract

This study offers insight into whether trust-building and purchase intention can be affected by incorporating a motivational factor such as self-efficacy into online consumer trust-building. Previous e-trust study has illuminated individual online consumer trust in e-commerce as the outcome of a subjective judgment mechanism. In an effort to expand understanding of trust-building, self-efficacy, an important factor in explaining motivation of individual judgments and behaviors, has been incorporated into the domain of business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce. To overcome the limitation of the introduction of self-efficacy attempted in existing information system study, domain-specific self-efficacy has been introduced in the online purchases situation, and the relationship between general self-efficacy and situation-specific self-efficacy also has been taken into consideration. Results show that online transaction self-efficacy, as proposed and used as a situation-specific self-efficacy, affects trust in the online vendor and positively influences an individual online consumer’s purchase intention.

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