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When the wait isn't so bad: The interacting effects of website delay, familiarity, and breadth

Galletta, DF and Henry, RM and McCoy, S and Polak, P (2006) When the wait isn't so bad: The interacting effects of website delay, familiarity, and breadth. Information Systems Research, 17 (1). 20 - 37. ISSN 1047-7047

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Although its popularity is widespread, the Web is well known for one particular drawback: its frequent delay when moving from one page to another. This experimental study examined whether delay and two other website design variables (site breadth and content familiarity) have interaction effects on user performance, attitudes, and behavioral intentions. The three experimental factors (delay, familiarity, and breadth) collectively impact the cognitive costs and penalties that users incur when making choices in their search for target information. An experiment was conducted with 160 undergraduate business majors in a completely counterbalanced, fully factorial design that exposed them to two websites and asked them to browse the sites for nine pieces of information. Results showed that all three factors have strong direct impacts on performance and user attitudes, in turn affecting behavioral intentions to return to the site, as might be expected. A significant three-way interaction was found between all three factors indicating that these factors not only individually impact a user's experiences with a website, but also act in combination to either increase or decrease the costs a user incurs. Two separate analyses support an assertion that attitudes mediate the relationship of the three factors on behavioral intentions. The implications of these results for both researchers and practitioners are discussed. Additional research is needed to discover other factors that mitigate or accentuate the effects of delay, other effects of delay, and under what amounts of delay these effects occur. © 2006 INFORMS.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Henry, RM
McCoy, S
Polak, P
Date: 1 January 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Research
Volume: 17
Number: 1
Page Range: 20 - 37
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1287/isre.1050.0073
Schools and Programs: College of Business Administration > Business Administration
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1047-7047
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 21:24
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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