Electronic window dressing: impression management with Websites
Abbreviated Journal Title
Eur. J. Inform. Syst.
impression management; websites; organizational image; QUALITY; DESIGN; MODEL; INTERNET; Computer Science, Information Systems; Information Science & Library; Science
Businesses have embraced the Internet to reap economic advantages through the use of Websites. Most Website design guidelines fail to address issues of branding and identity formation, focusing instead on concerns adapted from previous technologies. However, many firms are not getting their desired results from the Website investments they have made following design guidelines reflecting graphic layout and system usability issues. We suggest that Websites should be considered 'electronic storefronts' or public work areas providing frames of symbolic representations that create impressions of their sponsoring firms. Our exploratory study shows that Websites influence potential customers' impressions of firms' legitimacy, innovation and caring, and that these impressions vary significantly across firms and industries. Website visitors encounter symbols that are compared to mental models stored in memory and used to form impressions of the site and to draw inferences about the firm. These inferences have previously been found to influence purchasing behavior. Designers should be cognizant of these aspects of e-Business and executives should recognize the power of Web-based impression management. Identity management must take center stage in creating a Web presence.
European Journal of Information Systems
"Electronic window dressing: impression management with Websites" (2003). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4132.