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Enhancing the use of internet banking in an emerging market

Jacques Nel, Christo Boshoff
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 17, No 5 | a775 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v17i5.775 | © 2014 Jacques Nel, Christo Boshoff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 2013 | Published: 28 November 2014

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Jacques Nel, University of the Free State, South Africa
Christo Boshoff, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Electronic banking services such as internet banking offer bank clients substantial benefits over traditional banking channels. Although internet banking has been around for many years, increasing the use of the service by bank clients remains a priority for many managers of internet banking services. To address this managerial concern, the study investigates the factors that contribute to the enhanced use of internet banking by bank clients. Based on a literature review, internet-banking factors that could influence bank clients’ actual use of internet banking were identified. Data were collected from 1 156 users of internet banking. The results of the study showed that two factors influence internet banking usage, namely internet banking facilitating conditions and internet banking risk beliefs. The more favourable internet banking facilitating conditions are perceived to be, the more likely bank clients are to increase their use of internet banking. On the other hand, the greater the perceived risks associated with internet banking, the less the chances are that clients will do their banking through the internet. On the basis of these results, recommendations are provided to enhance the use of internet banking.


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