Decomposition of cross‐country differences in consumer attitudes toward marketing

Geng Cui (Department of Marketing and International Business, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong)
Hon‐Kwong Lui (Department of Marketing and International Business, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong)
Tsang‐Sing Chan (Department of Marketing and International Business, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong)
Annamma Joy (Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia at Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada)

Journal of Consumer Marketing

ISSN: 0736-3761

Publication date: 27 April 2012

Abstract

Purpose

Previous studies have found significant differences in consumer attitudes toward marketing between countries and attributed such variations to differences in the stage of consumerism development and cultural values. This study aims to test these competing hypotheses using econometric decomposition to identify the source of such cross‐country variations.

Design/methodology/approach

Using survey data of consumer attitudes toward marketing from China and Canada, this study adopts econometric decomposition to examine the cross‐country difference in consumer attitudes toward marketing.

Findings

The results show that Chinese consumers have more positive attitudes toward marketing than Canadians and the two countries differ significantly across all predictor variables. However, the results of decomposition suggest that consumerism, individualism and relativism do not have any significant effect on the country gap in consumer attitudes toward marketing, while idealism has a significant coefficient effect.

Research limitations/implications

The study finds different effects of cultural values on consumer attitudes across countries and has meaningful implications for international marketing strategies.

Originality/value

The study investigates the sources of cross‐national differences in consumer attitudes toward marketing using rigorous analyses to improve the accuracy of cultural attribution for international marketing and cross‐cultural consumer research.

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Citation

Cui, G., Lui, H., Chan, T. and Joy, A. (2012), "Decomposition of cross‐country differences in consumer attitudes toward marketing", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 214-224. https://doi.org/10.1108/07363761211221747

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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