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Cause-related marketing for successful cross-border post-acquisition performance

Michela Matarazzo (Department of Economic and Business Sciences, Guglielmo Marconi University, Rome, Italy)
Riccardo Resciniti (Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy)
Biagio Simonetti (Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Article publication date: 6 August 2019

Issue publication date: 28 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Building on the scant literature on cross-border acquisitions (CBAs) in the consumer perspective, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the acquirer’s cause-related marketing (CRM) on consumers’ repurchase intentions of the products of the post-acquisition target. In addition, the study aims at analyzing the moderating role of acquirer’s CRM on the relationship between corporate ability (CA) and country image (CI) on consumers’ repurchase intentions of the products of the post-acquisition target.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on a sample of Italian consumers (n=351), the authors examined the roles played by the acquirer’s CRM on consumer behaviour by considering an Italian target firm with a high reputation and comparing eight foreign acquiring firms with different combinations of CRM (poor/good), CA (poor/good) and CI (high/low).

Findings

The authors found that CRM, CA as well as CI have a significant impact on Italian consumers’ intention to repurchase the products of the post-acquisition target. Furthermore, it is shown that good CRM reduces the negative influence of a poor CA and a low CI on post-acquisition repurchase intentions and strengthen the positive influence, thus confirming the moderating role of CRM.

Originality/value

The research investigates, in the context of CBAs, the impact of the acquirer’s CRM on the host country consumers’ repurchase intentions after the CBA, which has not previously been examined. It can help managers to understand the conditions under which CBAs will be favourably evaluated.

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Citation

Matarazzo, M., Resciniti, R. and Simonetti, B. (2020), "Cause-related marketing for successful cross-border post-acquisition performance", International Marketing Review, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 695-712. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-11-2018-0324

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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