APJIS Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems

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The Journal for Information Professionals

Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems (APJIS) is published by the Korea Society
of Management Information Systems (KMIS), which is the largest professional institute
in the field of information systems in Korea.

ISSN 2288-5404 (Print) / ISSN 2288-6818 (Online)

Editor : Hee-Woong Kim

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Date December 2015
Vol. No. Vol. 25 No. 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.14329/apjis.2015.25.4.805
Page 805~822
Title An Exploratory Content Analysis of a Saudi Women’s Beauty Products’ Discussion Forum
Author Nahed Al-Haidari, Jane Coughlan
Keyword Electronic-Word-Of-Mouth, Online Community, Decision-Making, Saudi Arabia
Abstract Online communities are an important source of electronic word-of-mouth (e-WOM). However, few studies have examined the use of such messages within the Middle Eastern context. This study focuses on Saudi women as members of an online beauty forum. Previous work suggested a mediating effect of gender, with women being more likely to trust word-of-mouth and follow it up with a purchase. A conceptual model with a theoretical underpinning from existing contributions in literature provides the basis of a coding framework for the message characteristics that influence members’ e-WOM adoption. A total of 310 threads and 2200 messages coded into 5725 units were content analyzed to demonstrate cases e-WOM was adopted and indicate further continuance intention with members returning to the forum. A new category of ‘community bonding’ was created from the content analysis given the prevalence of emotional aspects in messages. Emotion expressed in messages, often expressed in religious terms, is as influential and important as the cognitive aspects of community bonding.

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