Title: How can topic-modelling of user-reviews reshape market surveys? Exploring factors influencing usage intention of e-learning services through a novel multi-method approach

Authors: Arghya Ray; Pradip Kumar Bala; Rashmi Jain

Addresses: Management Information System and Analytics, International Management Institute Kolkata, 2/4C Judges Court Road, Alipore, Kolkata – 700027, India ' Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, 5th Floor, Suchana Bhawan, Meur's Road, Audrey House Campus, Jharkhand, 834008, India ' Department of Information Management and Business Analytics, Feliciano School of Business, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043, USA

Abstract: Online user-generated-content is not only a critical performance parameter for service-providers but also serve as a vital information source for prospective customers. For understanding the factors influencing the adoption or continuance of an e-service, traditional approaches required a qualitative or quantitative-based analysis. In this study, we propose a novel approach to generate and analyse path model in real-time by combining the qualitative, quantitative and natural language processing (NLP)-based approaches. We undertook an emic approach using semi-structured interview schedule (ten participants) and an etic approach using topic modelling on extant literature (3,570 articles) for exploring factors influencing motives behind use of e-learning services. We tested the path-model using traditional quantitative-based (542 respondents) and the proposed NLP-based approaches (3,227 online reviews) through structural equation modelling (SEM). Results of this study revealed content gratification as the most important predictor of usage intention. This study concludes with the implications, limitations and future research directions.

Keywords: e-learning; consumer perspectives; latent Dirichlet allocation; LDA; multi-method approach; NLP-based approach; path analysis; qualitative analysis; quantitative analysis; sentiment analysis; text mining.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2020.10035430

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2022 Vol.40 No.2, pp.259 - 284

Received: 30 Sep 2019
Accepted: 23 Nov 2019

Published online: 30 Jun 2022 *

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