The impact of national cultural values on retail structure

Boryana V. Dimitrova (LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Bert Rosenbloom (LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Trina Larsen Andras (LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Publication date: 14 November 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between national cultural values and retail structure.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use a panel data set of 67 countries over the period 1999-2012.

Findings

The results demonstrate that national cultural values, measured with the World Values Survey’s traditional/secular-rational and survival/self-expression dimensions, affect retail structure.

Research limitations/implications

While marketing scholars have examined the relationship between demographic and competitive factors and retail structure, there has been a substantial body of anecdotal evidence showing that national culture can also drive retail structure development. In order to enhance the understanding of the relationship between national culture and retail structure, the authors empirically examine the impact of national cultural values on retail structure.

Originality/value

This study is the first one to empirically examine the impact of national culture on retail structure. The authors thus help advance retail structure research the primary focus of which has been on investigating the impact of demographic and competitive factors on retail structure. This study is especially relevant to international retail managers who coordinate retail operations in multiple countries around the world. These managers need insight into the impact of national cultural values on retail structure in order to devise effective retail strategies for each host market.

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Citation

Dimitrova, B., Rosenbloom, B. and Andras, T. (2016), "The impact of national cultural values on retail structure", International Marketing Review, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 894-920. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-11-2014-0361

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