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The mediating role of self-congruity in transnational higher education choice: a proposed framework

Pranakusuma Sudhana (Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia)
Noermijati Noermijati (Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia)
Ananda Sabil Hussein (Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia)
Nur Khusniyah Indrawati (Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 18 August 2020

Issue publication date: 7 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a conceptual framework to bridge the gap between the dimensions of brand equity (brand awareness, brand association and perceived quality) and the purchase intention of transnational higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper revisits and critically reviews the concepts of marketing in higher education, brand equity, and self-congruity as well as related past studies.

Findings

Several past empirical studies concluded that the dimensions of brand equity have been unable to significantly influence purchase intention. The review and synthesis of the literature have supported the feasibility of self-congruity to mediate the relationship, thus closing the gap. This study has been able to extend the self-congruity concept into external and internal self-congruity to fit the context of this study which is transnational higher education choice.

Originality/value

Focusing on a developing market of Indonesia, it is anticipated that the proposed model will assist the future research in branding of transnational higher education. It was hypothesized that educational brands that are congruent with prospective students' self-image both externally (from the perception by the reference group) and internally (from the perception by themselves) will be more likely to yield positive purchase intention. As a result, this study adds to the current body of knowledge in the field of transnational higher education choice which was found to be lacking.

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Citation

Sudhana, P., Noermijati, N., Sabil Hussein, A. and Khusniyah Indrawati, N. (2021), "The mediating role of self-congruity in transnational higher education choice: a proposed framework", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 811-829. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-05-2020-0141

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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