Examining the impact of perceived source credibility on attitudes and intentions towards taking advice from others on university choice

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Abstract

Purpose: Understanding the influences in the decision-making process of prospective students when choosing a university is crucial in student recruitment. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of perceived source credibility on attitudes and intentions towards taking advice from significant others (e.g. parents, peers and teachers) on university choice. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 626 samples from eight government-subsidised secondary schools were collected and tested using the component-based structural equation modelling of partial least squares. Findings: The findings verified factors of source credibility that determine prospective students’ attitudes towards taking advice from others. Attitudes and subjective norms explained 49 per cent of the variance in intention to take advice from others on university choice. The findings of the present study provide practical marketing insights for enrolment and recruitment managers. Originality/value: While most studies focus on students’ university choice in the recruitment process, studies on perceived source credibility of significant others in the university choice decision-making process are limited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-724
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Education
  • Self-financing
  • Source credibility theory
  • Theory of Reasoned Action
  • University marketing
  • University recruitment

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