Culture, time orientation, and exploratory buying behavior

Legohérel, Patrick, Daucé, Bruno, Hsu, Cathy H. C. and Ranchhold, Ashok (2009) Culture, time orientation, and exploratory buying behavior Journal of International Consumer Marketing, 21, (2), pp. 93-107. (doi:10.1080/08961530802153029).


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This article provides researchers and practitioners with a better understanding of how consumers behave within a cross-cultural context. Literature often focuses on culture per se, but to understand consumer behavior better in a cross-cultural context, some studies have considered variables other than the key component elements of culture, encompassing families friends, society, etc. This research focuses on two slightly different variables: the perception of time and exploratory buying behavior. Within this context the first section of the paper validates the Time Style Scale and the Exploratory Buying Behavior Scale within a cross-cultural context. Results show that the Temporal Styles Scale (Usunier and Valette-Florence, 199444. Usunier , J. C. and Valette-Florence , P. 1994 . Perceptual time patterns (time styles): A psychometric scale . Time and Society , 3 ( 2 ) : 219 – 241 .
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View all references) is validated when using the entire dataset as well as data from an English version of the instrument. However, data collected from the Chinese version of the questionnaire does not fit the model well. The Exploratory Buying Behavior Scale (Baumgartner and Steenkamp, 19962. Baumgartner , H. and Steenkamp , J. B. E. M. 1996 . Exploratory consumer buying behavior: Conceptualization and measurement . International Journal of Research in Marketing , 13 : 121 – 137 .
View all references) can be reduced to four exploratory acquisition of products (EAP) and three exploratory information seeking (EIS) items. Data collected from both language versions are considered as fitting the model adequately. The second section of the research examines the relation between elements of culture, time orientation, exploratory buying behavior, and consumer behavior. Results of a canonical analysis show that the group of variables associated with culture are best at discriminating the phenomenon. However, as far as the variables are concerned, the exploratory product-acquisition factor has a more important role than some variables associated with culture.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/08961530802153029
ISSNs: 0896-1530 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Organisations: Winchester School of Art
ePrint ID: 338370
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February 2009Published
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:09
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