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Cultural Differences and Their Effect on Consumer Behavior

Title: Cultural Differences and Their Effect on Consumer Behavior.
Name(s): Alkhalaf, Ahmad Abdullah, author
McClung, Steven, professor directing thesis
McDowell, Stephen D., committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study aimed to 1) uncover the participants' attitudes when a purchasing decision touches any element of their culture, 2) assess consumers' view on marketers in terms of consideration of their needs and cultural backgrounds, 3) identify the commonalities among the participants' purchasing decision-making processes and consuming habits across cultures, and 4) indicate the features that would urge consumers to buy a certain product and the factors that would make a product valuable. The sample was comprised of two groups, Arabs and non-Arabs (i.e. Saudi citizens and US citizens.) The survey was conducted from February 01, 2008 through March 07, 2008 and yielded 453 participants. Significant differences were found between the two groups when buying a product that doesn't adhere to four out of six elements of culture. Both groups showed low satisfaction towards marketers' consideration of their cultural backgrounds. Participants' ranking of characteristics that urge them to purchase a certain product put high quality as the most important feature and money savings next. The ranking of elements that create a perception of a valuable product suggested that Arabs tend to reflect the habit/repeat bath model and non-Arabs tend to prioritize the sentimental values of products.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0168 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: April 10, 2008.
Keywords: Consumer behavior, Culture, Purchasing Decision-making, Effect
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Steven McClung, Professor Directing Thesis; Stephen D. McDowell, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
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Owner Institution: FSU

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