Exploring information-seeking processes by business: analyzing source and channel choices in business-to-government service interactions

Yvon van den Boer, Willem Jan Pieterson, Jan van Dijk, Rex Arendsen

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Abstract

With the rise of electronic channels it has become easier for businesses to consult various types of information sources in information-seeking processes. Governments are urged to rethink their role as reliable information source and the roles of their (electronic) service channels to provide efficient service support. This article addresses how governments cope with the availability of numerous sources and channels and focuses on similarities, differences and interdependencies between source and channel selection processes. Individual and group interviews were held with businesses throughout the Netherlands. The results indicate that some factors influence source and channel choices (e.g. task characteristics), others influence only channel choice (e.g. situational factors, channel characteristics). Source and relationship characteristics uncover interdependencies between both, since these source-related concepts influence channel choices. Further insight is needed to increase our understanding and come to an integrated theory of source and channel choices in information-seeking processes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-391
JournalInternational review of administrative sciences
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016

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