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Further clarification on how perceived brand origin affects brand attitude: A reply to Samiee and Usunier

Peter Magnusson (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA)
Stanford A. Westjohn (The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA)
Srdan Zdravkovic (Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a rejoinder. The rejoinder is written in response to the commentaries provided by Saeed Samiee and Jean‐Claude Usunier on the authors’ original research piece: “‘What? I thought Samsung was Japanese’: accurate or not, perceived country of origin matters”.

Design/methodology/approach

The rejoinder is organized into three separate sections. The first section identifies areas of agreement between the authors, and Samiee and Usunier. The second section responds directly to the empirical and conceptual criticisms levied by Samiee and Usunier and clarifies the authors’ contribution. The rejoinder concludes by identifying areas of future research that may help further advance the field.

Findings

In addition to responding directly to the criticism of the original study, perhaps more importantly, the authors note several areas of common ground. First, there is agreement that future country‐of‐origin (COO) research designs must be careful to not artificially expose subjects to country cues that the consumer otherwise may not have considered. Second, in a globalizing world, brand origin perception appears to be more important than “made in” labels.

Originality/value

The authors do not consider the COO field outdated or irrelevant, but rather that it is a vibrant field of considerable interest to both practitioners and researchers. There is much still to be learned, and the authors hope the original research study and the ensuing debate have sparked fresh ideas and will lead to a continued effort in this interesting research field.

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Citation

Magnusson, P., Westjohn, S.A. and Zdravkovic, S. (2011), "Further clarification on how perceived brand origin affects brand attitude: A reply to Samiee and Usunier", International Marketing Review, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 497-507. https://doi.org/10.1108/02651331111167615

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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