Consumer resilience to online privacy violation – REPRICON

Consumer resilience to online privacy violation – REPRICON

Commissioned by: Croatian Science Foundation
Project duration:  January 3, 2020 – January 2, 2024
Project manager: Jelena Budak
Collaborators: Edo Rajh, Bruno Škrinjarić, Sunčana Slijepčević

Summary: The goal of this project is to develop and empirically test the conceptual model of resilience of Internet users who have experienced privacy violation online. Developing a comprehensive list of antecedents and adaptive responses to online consumer resilience will be based on cross-disciplinary examination of literature on resilience and consumer behavior online in order to define variables in the model. Collating dispersed concepts of resilience and integrating contemporary consumer behavior approaches will provide a rationale background for developing a theoretical framework of online consumer resilience. Project will develop and validate the unique measurement instrument that would ensure the successful testing of the entire research model on the survey data collected on the net sample of 1000 Internet users who experienced online privacy breach. The relations between variables in the model will be analysed by structural equation modelling. Further, technical security aspects online and perceived risk in resilience and consumer behavior context, typology of internet users who experienced privacy online breach, as well as consumer resilience to online privacy violation and digitalization in public sector will be investigated. The wrap-up of all findings will lead to the final model of online consumer resilience. Research will reconcile segmented and controverting findings of previous studies, identify recent trends in this line of research across disciplines, and produce theoretical and empirical framework for further applicative research in social sciences. Implications and policy recommendations derived from the research would benefit business community to develop effective business strategies. Important impact is seen in raising public policy makers’ awareness on importance of protecting privacy online and in providing answers how to build the resilience of citizens in the digital society.
 


RESEARCH AREA: Consumers

This work has been fully supported by Croatian Science Foundation under the Project IP-2019-04-7886.
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