Purpose - The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating effect of fanship between relational bonds and consumers’ engagement. Also the study demonstrates the moderating effect of consumers’ social support between relational bonds and fanship. Design/methodology/approach - The data were collected from Chinese consumers who have used live commerce within the last 6 months. The survey was conducted using self-reported questionnaire and a total of 276 questionnaires were used for the analysis. Regression analyses with bootstrapping were conducted to test the research models. Findings - Findings of the study showed that fanship mediated the relationship between financial bonds, social bonds and consumers’ engagement. Furthermore, consumers’ social support such as informational support and emotional support moderated for the relationship between relational bonds and fanship. Research implications or Originality - The findings of the study contributes to providing a theoretical framework to explain consumer behavior in a live commerce by examining the relationship between financial bonds, social support, fanship, and engagement.
Ⅱ. 이론적 배경 및 가설 설정