Understanding young Chinese consumers' preferences for foreign clothing brands: a behavioural approach

May, D.E., Arancibia, S., Wang, C., Hill, N. and Behrendt, K. (2023) Understanding young Chinese consumers' preferences for foreign clothing brands: a behavioural approach. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics. ISSN 1355-5855

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Purpose This research explores the purchasing behavioural drivers of young Chinese consumers purchasing foreign clothing brands. The aim is to include a range of drivers identified by different investigations into a single approach, to determine direct and indirect channels by which these drivers influence purchasing behaviour, and their relative importance in quantitative terms. Design/methodology/approach The methodology is based on an extended version of the theory of planned behaviour that considers hypotheses based on a number of studies revised in the literature review. This theoretical framework was used as the basis for a questionnaire applied to a sample of 362 young Chinese consumers. A Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling approach was used to analyse the collected data. Findings The results revealed three main channels influencing purchasing behaviour which were shown to share the same root, corresponding to the influences of the social network young consumers belong to. This result suggests that social norms have a key role in explaining young consumers' purchasing behaviour through its impact on their needs for status and social recognition, their attitudes towards foreign cultures and foreign brands, and their beliefs regarding the attributes of foreign clothing. Practical implications The work therefore provides companies operating in the foreign clothing market the confidence to devise business strategies that focus on the channel demonstrating the highest influencing power. A strategy likely to have the highest influencing power is one that uses celebrities to promote the reputation of products and reinforce the messages associated with status and social recognition. Reinforcement of these strategies could include secondary strategies linked to the other channels such as the one related to the adoption of foreign cultural symbolism. Originality/value In contrast to the majority of related studies, this investigation also explores indirect channels or paths by which a behavioural driver affects the behaviour of young Chinese consumers. In fact, this investigation not only simultaneously identified the different paths influencing young Chinese consumers purchasing behaviour but also quantitatively identified their relative importance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Foreign clothing brands, Young Chinese consumers, Theory of planned behaviour, Purchasing behaviour, Structural equation modelling
Divisions: Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Depositing User: Mrs Rachael Giles
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2023 08:52
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 08:52
URI: https://hau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17968

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