Consumer skepticism about online reviews and their decision-making process: the role of review self-efficacy and regulatory focus

Published on Sep 2, 2021in Journal of Consumer Marketing
· DOI :10.1108/JCM-09-2020-4119
Fayez Ahmad1
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Francisco Guzmán17
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