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Trust And Satisfaction, Two Stepping Stones For Successful E-Commerce Relationships: A Longitudinal Exploration

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Executive Summary

Trust and satisfaction are essential ingredients for successful business relationships in business-to-consumer electronic commerce. Yet there is little research on trust and satisfaction in e-commerce that takes a longitudinal approach. Drawing on three primary bodies of literature, the theory of reasoned action, the extended valence framework, and expectation-confirmation theory, this study synthesizes a model of consumer trust and satisfaction in the context of electronic commerce. The model considers not only how consumers formulate their pre-purchase decisions, but also how they form their long-term relationships with the same website vendor by comparing their pre-purchase expectations to their actual purchase outcome.

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