Global consumer culture: consequences for consumer research

Carlos J. Torelli (Department of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA)
Jennifer L. Stoner (University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to comment on the conceptual framework highlighting the reinforcing nature of global consumer culture.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is conceptual with illustrative examples.

Findings

The authors integrate the conceptual framework that highlights the reinforcing nature of global consumer culture with recent findings about the psychology of globalization. Specifically, the authors bring attention to the perceptual, cognitive and motivational consequences of globalization, as well as its effects on consumer identification. The authors illustrate how this integration provides insights for better predicting consumer behavior in a globalized world.

Research limitations/implications

One key aspect of globalization is the creation of multicultural spaces in contemporary societies. Taking a psychological approach, the authors discuss how consumers respond to the process of culture mixing at the heart of globalization. This has consequences for marketers’ global endeavors and provides a nuanced understanding of consumer behavior in a globalized world.

Originality/value

The paper integrates a novel framework with recent findings about the psychology of globalization, opening avenues for future research on global consumer cultures.

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Citation

Torelli, C.J. and Stoner, J.L. (2019), "Global consumer culture: consequences for consumer research", International Marketing Review, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 587-592. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-11-2018-0316

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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