Cross-cultural comparisons of interactivity on corporate web sites: The United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Korea

Chang Hoan Cho, Hongsik John Cheon

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Abstract

This study is a cross-cultural examination of interactivity on U.S., U.K., Japanese, and South Korean corporate Web sites. Each Web site was content-analyzed for use of various interactivity functions. Using cultural difference criteria of high versus low context, power distance, and individualism-collectivism, this study compares three dimensions of interactivity on the Web sites of each country’s top 50 advertisers. Twenty-five interactivity functions/indicators, classified into three interactivity dimensions, were used in the final data analysis to test three research hypotheses. Our findings indicate that Western Web sites tend to emphasize consumer-message (H1) and consumer-marketer interactivity (H2), whereas Eastern Web sites highlight consumer-consumer interactivity (H3). Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-115
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Advertising
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Marketing

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