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Enhancing Calculative Commitment and Customer Loyalty Through Online Relationship Marketing: The Mediating Role of Online Trust

Enhancing Calculative Commitment and Customer Loyalty Through Online Relationship Marketing: The Mediating Role of Online Trust
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Author(s): Sheena Lovia Boateng (Business School, University of Ghana, Ghana)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 21
Source title: Research Anthology on E-Commerce Adoption, Models, and Applications for Modern Business
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8957-1.ch063

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Abstract

This study examines the mediating role of online trust in enhancing calculative commitment and customer loyalty through online relationship marketing activities (engagement and interactivity). The study draws on signaling theory. Data were gathered from 429 retail bank customers in Ghana and analyzed using confirmatory factor analysis and structural path modelling. Findings suggest that engagement is assessed to be low by Ghanaian bank customers and presently has no influence on customer commitment, online trust, and customer loyalty. However, signals communicated through interactivity online is of great benefit to the banks in influencing customers' online trust, as well as their calculative commitment and loyalty. Further, though, website and email emerged as the most predominant technologies used in online relationship marketing (ORM), customers also expect banks to engage with them through social media, which has the potential to improve upon the current levels of ORM activities.

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