The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior

J. Neumann, D. Gutt, D. Kundisch, in: Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2017.

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Amongst the growing body of literature on the drivers of online ratings, the influence of customers’ local offline environment on their ratings has largely been neglected. This study examines the relationship between ratings made outside of a customer’s home area and the magnitude of online ratings. We employ a data-driven identification of a customer’s geographic home area and use variation in this variable to identify the consequences for the magnitude of ratings. In line with our theory, we find that customers who rate while traveling give, on average, higher ratings than locals. However, this relationship is moderated by the posting time of a review relative to consumption, as travelers post more negative ratings during or shortly after consumption. These relationships are most pronounced for customers who travel and rate less frequently. Our results come with substantial implications for a business’s average rating and for customer decision making.
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Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
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Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
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Seoul, South Korea
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2017-12-10 – 2017-12-13
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Neumann J, Gutt D, Kundisch D. The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior. In: Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). ; 2017.
Neumann, J., Gutt, D., & Kundisch, D. (2017). The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior. In Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Seoul, South Korea.
@inproceedings{Neumann_Gutt_Kundisch_2017, title={The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior}, booktitle={Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)}, author={Neumann, Jürgen and Gutt, Dominik and Kundisch, Dennis}, year={2017} }
Neumann, Jürgen, Dominik Gutt, and Dennis Kundisch. “The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior.” In Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2017.
J. Neumann, D. Gutt, and D. Kundisch, “The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior,” in Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Seoul, South Korea, 2017.
Neumann, Jürgen, et al. “The Traveling Reviewer Problem – Exploring the Relationship Between Offline Locations and Online Rating Behavior.” Proceedings of the Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2017.
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