Consumer Product Search and the Decision between Intermediary and Supplier Online Shops

Matt, C (2012). Consumer Product Search and the Decision between Intermediary and Supplier Online Shops. In: 33th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012) (pp. 128-146). AIS/ICIS

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When shopping online, consumers have to decide between two vendor types - suppliers and intermediaries. The existing body of research on intermediation usually adopts a market-centric perspective, and subsequently neglects the consumer when making this focal decision. Therefore, using the example of digital music, we offer a consumercentric view on this problem. We use experimental and simulation techniques to analyze how consumers decide between intermediaries and suppliers and what kind of search strategies they apply. Furthermore, we evaluate the efficiency of consumers' decisions and find significant differences between strategies. Given that in practice, consumers usually possess less information on products and prices prior to search and that market structures are more complex, our study demonstrates that consumers may suffer from efficiency losses when having to make such decisions. This highlights the importance of consumer decision support systems that operate on a market-spanning basis and provides new insights for practical applications.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Matt, Christian

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISBN:

978-1-62748-604-0

Publisher:

AIS/ICIS

Projects:

[849] Digitale Wertschöpfung und Bepreisung Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Patrick Cédric Munz

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2018 16:18

Last Modified:

18 Oct 2018 15:52

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.105368

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/105368

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