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Does a web site's country of origin impact equally on young and adult consumers?

Amjad Hadjikhani (Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)
Aswo Safari (Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)
Peter Thilenius (Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

Young Consumers

ISSN: 1747-3616

Article publication date: 30 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose is to gain deeper knowledge of young consumers' purchasing behaviour towards web sites' country of origin and compare this with the behaviour of adults. The question is why web sites from some countries are perceived as safe and others as risky and insecure.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach was to undertake a focus group methodology for data collection. Two young consumers' groups and two adults' groups are interviewed. Their behaviours towards web sites from Sweden, Russia and Australia are examined. The theoretical view is constructed on relationship elements of trust, commitment and the surrounding networks.

Findings

The research provides an insight into the young consumers' purchasing behaviour towards web sites from different countries and concludes how and why this is similar to or different from that of the adult consumers.

Practical implications

The higher risk‐taking manner of young consumers can help families to pay more attention to their youngsters' purchasing behaviour. It aids business firms to understand why some groups of consumers avoid purchasing from their web sites.

Originality/value

It is an answer to the recent researchers' claim for the need to understand young consumers' behaviour towards web sites from different countries. The development of the theoretical view and the results obtained can add new knowledge and construct new understanding of the phenomenon.

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Citation

Hadjikhani, A., Safari, A. and Thilenius, P. (2011), "Does a web site's country of origin impact equally on young and adult consumers?", Young Consumers, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 229-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/17473611111163287

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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