Prognosticating anthropomorphic chatbots' usage intention as an e-banking customer service gateway: cogitations from Zimbabwe

Brighton Nyagadza, Asphat Muposhi, Gideon Mazuruse, Tendai Makoni, Tinashe Chuchu, Eugine T. Maziriri, Anyway Chare

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to investigate the factors that explain the reasons why customers may be willing to use chatbots in Zimbabwe as an e-banking customer service gateway, an area that remains under researched. Design/methodology/approach: The research study applied a cross-sectional survey of 430 customers from five selected commercial banks conducted in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation modelling. Findings: The research study showed that a counterintuitive intention to use chatbots is directly affected by chatbots' expected performance, the habit of using them and other factors. Research limitations/implications: To better appreciate the current research concept, there is a need to replicate the same study in other contexts to enhance generalisability. Practical implications: Chatbots are a trending new technology and are starting to be increasingly adopted by banks and they have to consider that customers need to get used to them. Originality/value: This study contributes to bridging the knowledge gap as it investigates the factors that explain why bank customers may be willing to use chatbots in five selected commercial Zimbabwean banks. This is a pioneering study in the context of a developing economy such as Zimbabwe.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPSU Research Review
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anthropomorphism
  • Chatbots
  • Customer experience (CX)
  • Digital marketing
  • E-Banking
  • E-Customer service
  • New digital technologies
  • User experience (UX)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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