The eQual Approach to the Assessment of E-Commerce Quality: A Longitudinal Study of Internet Bookstores

The eQual Approach to the Assessment of E-Commerce Quality: A Longitudinal Study of Internet Bookstores

Stuart J. Barnes (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Richard Vidgen (University of Bath, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-432-3.ch007
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Abstract

Understanding the customer is a key aspect of developing any e-commerce offering. In doing so, organizations can improve their offerings over time and benchmark against competitors and best practice in any industry. eQual is a method for assessing the quality of Web sites. The eQual instrument has evolved via a process of iterative refinement in different e-commerce domains. Two of the studies conducted have examined online bookshops as a domain for e-commerce quality evaluation, one based on eQual 2.0 and the other on eQual 4.0. In this chapter we aim to examine these studies, and, as a result, to evaluate the use of the instrument and the benchmarking of the bookshops on two separate occasions. Of particular note are whether the findings are consistent across the two studies and the implications of the findings for e-commerce practice. Finally, the paper rounds off with some conclusions and directions for further research.

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