Relevant or redundant: elite consumers' perception of foreign-made products in an emerging market

Khan, Hina, Bamber, David and Quazi, Ali (2012) Relevant or redundant: elite consumers' perception of foreign-made products in an emerging market. Journal of Marketing Management, 28 (9-10). pp. 1-27. ISSN 0267-257X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2011.635153

Abstract

This paper examines the attitudes of elite Pakistani consumers concerning their preferences for foreign-made products and how these preferences influence purchasing decisions. Data were collected from a sample of 250 buyers using a mixed methodology consisting of focus groups and a questionnaire survey. The results show a link between the country of origin (COO) of products and purchasing decisions. The nature and extent of this link vary across product class and purchasing decisions. A means-end chain (MEC) analysis revealed a close link between consumers' liking for foreign products connected with how they valued those products both psychologically and physiologically. The findings have implications for attaining a competitive advantage by using marketing strategies to target elite customers. As a pioneering study, this paper advances the theoretical knowledge, providing a framework as well as specific guidelines for practitioners to conceptualise the COO construct. The paper also suggests a strategic direction that successfully targets the elite consumer segment in Pakistan.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: country of origin, social status and values, consumer perceptions, purchase occasion, elite consumers' buying behaviour, international marketing
Subjects: N500 Marketing
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 15:40
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7325

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