E-Commerce Adoption in Saudi Arabia: an Assessment of International, Regional and Domestic Web Presence

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Mutlaq B. Alotaibi 1,*

1. Vice Dean, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Imam University, Saudi Arabia

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijitcs.2013.02.05

Received: 12 May 2012 / Revised: 20 Sep. 2012 / Accepted: 10 Nov. 2012 / Published: 8 Jan. 2013

Index Terms

E-Commerce, Customer-focus, Content, Saudi Arabia, Web Evaluation, Appearance


Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) has a growing potential in Saudi Arabia, due to widespread use of the internet and the maturity of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. The purpose of this paper is to assess the quality of E-Commerce websites in Saudi Arabia, using a proposed evaluation instrument. To achieve this aim, six E-Commerce websites were selected for evaluation and then categorized into three categories: domestic, regional and international. Each category consisted of two E-Commerce websites, with the international website category considered as a benchmark. The six websites were evaluated by sixty participants (n=60) with good web design experience, following a set of guidelines offered by the evaluation instrument. The evaluation instrument described six key evaluation factors: appearance, content, organization, interaction, customer-focus and assurance. Each factor was evaluated by several indicators using a five-point scale ranging from not applicable (0) to very strong (4). To unify the views of all evaluators, a technique was introduced which would show the way in which each indicator was assessed based on several checklists (questions). The results therein revealed that international websites were of higher quality than regional and domestic websites with regard to all aspects of web evaluation. In addition, the quality of regional websites outweighed that of domestic websites with regard to appearance, content, organization, customer-focus and assurance, but not interaction.

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Mutlaq B. Alotaibi, "E-Commerce Adoption in Saudi Arabia: an Assessment of International, Regional and Domestic Web Presence", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), vol.5, no.2, pp.42-56, 2013. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2013.02.05


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