Young Arab consumers: an analysis of family buying process in Oman

Monica Chaudhary (Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, India)
Suhail M. Ghouse (Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman)
Omar Durrah (College of Commerce and Business Administration, Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman)

Young Consumers

ISSN: 1747-3616

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Young children, often called as teenagers (13-14 years) and tweenaged (8-12 years), are the new potential game changers for the big corporate. This paper aims to analyze Arab children’s influence for various products and services and across different buying process stages. The primary survey was conducted to capture a child’s role in family decision-making by analyzing their consumer socialization, influencing strategies and their influence across various products and buying stages.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the review and the research gap, a bilingual questionnaire in English and Arabic language was developed. The research study was organized in three stages. It commenced with a pilot study conducted with ten school students in the age group of 8-10 years. The second stage involved contact with the schools by telephone to brief them on the purpose of the study and to request the participation of their students. The last stage was based on the survey conducted in the time period of September-November 2016-17.

Findings

Almost 25 per cent of the children surveyed prefer to buy stationary and books after discussing with their parents. On the other hand, food/beverage is one particular item where children go ahead and buy theses item themselves even without discussing with their parents (42.50 per cent of the total respondents). As per children’s perception, they are most influential in the final decision stage (mean = 1.84 and SD = 0.499), followed by search and evaluation stage (mean = 1.80 and SD = 0.441) and start stage (mean = 1.79 and SD = 0.488).

Research limitations/implications

Further research is needed in Arab countries, especially with parents of different social status, as their shopping behaviour is expected to differ. Also, as this analysis is based on child’s perception, parents’ views must also be analyzed for better results.

Practical implications

The is the first-of-its-kind research in the Gulf region. This empirical research highlights the need for global marketers to understand the distinct features and identity of a young Arab consumer. Despite Oman being a very traditional culture which emphasizes on conformity to group norms and social acceptance and hence confirms to collectivistic culture, where kids are supposed to be obedient, there is this new wave of super energetic, more informed young kids who take their own consumer decisions.

Originality/value

After going through the extensive literature review of different countries/cultures, there has been very clear understanding that despite being an important family member, almost no research has been focussed on kids in gulf nations.

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Citation

Chaudhary, M., Ghouse, S. and Durrah, O. (2018), "Young Arab consumers: an analysis of family buying process in Oman", Young Consumers, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-07-2017-00720

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