“Made In China” Products and the Implication of Ethnic Identification strength

Huat, Wei Huang and Ernest Cyril, de Run and Hiram, Ting and Huong Sung, Colin Ting (2016) “Made In China” Products and the Implication of Ethnic Identification strength. International Review of Management and Marketing, 6 (3). pp. 631-640. ISSN 21464405

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This paper seeks to examine the effect of ethnic identification strength between the Malays and Chinese towards purchasing “Made in China” products. A quantitative approach by means of self-administered questionnaire was adopted. 252 Malay and 251 Chinese respondents’ data were collected from local institutions of higher learning. Independent sample t-tests and multiple regression analysis were used to look into difference and relationship pertaining to country of origin (COO) image, product knowledge, product involvement, information search and purchase intention. The findings show Malays and Chinese are different in terms of their perceptions towards COO image and product involvement. Moreover, COO image is found to be significantly different among Malays and Chinese with strong and weak ethnic identification. However, COO image is found to have no effect on information search and purchase intention although both ethnic groups are generally in favor of products “Made in China.” Instead product knowledge and involvement are found to be essential. This study suggests that marketers and managers need to understand what is shared and what is not among Malays and Chinese in a developing and diverse society like Malaysia. Despite the effect of COO image and ethnic identification strength, product knowledge and involvement play pivotal role in understanding consumers today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Country of Origin Image, Ethnicity, Ethnic Identification, Information Search, Purchase Intention, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 22:41
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 08:11
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/13556

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