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Country images of technological products in Taiwan

Sadrudin A. Ahmed (Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, Canada)
Alain d’Astous (HEC Montreal, Canada)
Christian Champagne (Videotron Ltd., Canada)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 1 June 2005

Abstract

This article presents the results of a survey of 202 male Taiwanese consumers. In this study, consumer judgements of two technological products varying in their level of complexity made in highly, moderately, and newly industrialised countries were obtained in a multi‐attribute context. The results show that the country‐of‐origin image of moderately and newly industrialised countries was less negative for technologically simpler products (i.e. a television) than they were for technologically complex products (i.e. a computer). It appears that the negative image of moderately and newly industrialised countries can be attenuated by making Taiwanese consumers more familiar with products made in these countries and/or by providing them with other product‐related information such as brand name and warranty. Newly industrialised countries were perceived more negatively as countries of design than as countries of assembly, especially in the context of making technologically complex products. The image of foreign countries as producers of consumer goods was positively correlated with education. The more familiar consumers were with the products of a country, the more favourable was their evaluation of that country. Consumer involvement with purchasing a technologically complex product such as a computer was positively associated with the appreciation of products made in moderately industrialised countries. Managerial and research implications are derived from these results.

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Citation

Ahmed, S.A., d’Astous, A. and Champagne, C. (2005), "Country images of technological products in Taiwan", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 44-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555850510672331

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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