The role of subjective norms in theory of planned behavior in the context of organic food consumption

Abdullah Al-Swidi (Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Sheikh Mohammed Rafiul Huque (School of Accountancy, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Muhammad Haroon Hafeez (School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Mohd Noor Mohd Shariff (School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the applicability of theory of planned behavior (TPB) with special emphasis on measuring the direct and moderating effects of subjective norms on attitude, perceived behavioral control and buying intention in context of buying organic food.

Design/methodology/approach

Structured questionnaires were randomly distributed among academic staffs and students of two universities in southern Punjab, Pakistan. Structural equation modeling was employed to test the proposed model fit.

Findings

Results of the study showed that subjective norms significantly moderate the relationship between attitudes and buying intention as well as between perceived behavior control and buying intention. Furthermore, subjective norms significantly influence attitude toward buying intention.

Practical implications

The paper provides useful insights for the academics and marketers. Academics may further explore the role of subjective norms in order to have a better understanding of their effects on TPB components. Whereas, marketers can target the opinion leaders and reference groups to increase the demand of organic food.

Originality/value

Majority of previous studies overlooked the role of subjective norms in determining the buying intentions with respect to organic food. The striking feature of this study is an in-depth emphasis on exploring the direct and moderating effects of subjective norms on the elements of TPB. Moreover, to the best of authors’ knowledge, this is a pioneer study that comprehensively examines the linkage of components of TPB with organic food purchasing in Pakistan.

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Citation

Al-Swidi, A., Mohammed Rafiul Huque, S., Haroon Hafeez, M. and Noor Mohd Shariff, M. (2014), "The role of subjective norms in theory of planned behavior in the context of organic food consumption", British Food Journal, Vol. 116 No. 10, pp. 1561-1580. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-05-2013-0105

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