Title page for ETD etd-04282005-230021

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Schaupp, Ludwig Christian
Author's Email Address lschaupp@vt.edu
URN etd-04282005-230021
Title Website Success: An Integrated Theoretical Model
Degree PhD
Department Accounting and Information Systems
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Belanger, France Committee Chair
Barkhi, Reza Committee Member
Brown, Robert M. Committee Member
Fan, Weiguo Patrick Committee Member
Rees, Loren Paul Committee Member
  • Website Success
  • IS Success
  • Satisfaction
Date of Defense 2005-04-27
Availability unrestricted
As evidenced by the sheer number of websites presently on the Internet and the exorbitant amount of dollars that are spent on maintaining corporate websites determining the successfulness of these websites is of the utmost importance. In building a successful website the design must match the organization’s objectives and these objectives need to be clearly defined. However, the objectives of a website differ depending upon the website type. As a result, from the user perspective, this results in varying ideas of satisfaction as well as success. Thus, from the user perspective determining success across websites is both goal and context specific. This dissertation investigated five variables which were believed to impact website satisfaction: information quality, system quality, perceived effectiveness, social influence, and trust. Theories in information systems success and information technology adoption provided theoretical foundations for this dissertation. The research was conducted by surveying multiple respondents, who were regular users of two different websites, each fitting into a different category within the taxonomy of websites. Structural equation modeling techniques were used to build the models of determinants of satisfaction for each website. The research results indicate that depending upon the type of website being evaluated different determinants of satisfaction were present. Four variables were found to be significant determinants of website satisfaction in the online community website: information quality, perceived effectiveness, social influence, and trust. However, in the information specific search website only three variables were found to significantly predict website satisfaction: information quality, system quality, and perceived effectiveness. Thus, this dissertation has shown that website users’ determinants of satisfaction and overall successfulness is dependent upon the context of the website being evaluated and that determinants of satisfaction are goal specific. Several contributions were made by this study. In particular, this research is one of the first to empirically measure determinants of satisfaction, from the user perspective, in varying website contexts.
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