CSR and branding in emerging economies: The effect of incomes and education
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Sustainable development is a fundamental objective for guaranteeing the future of the planet. Taking into account the impact of emerging economies on the global economy and the scarcity of papers that have considered the effect of CSR initiatives on consumer behavior on those economies, it seems that further research on this issue is necessary. In particular, we analyze the extent to which CSR affects the connection and links of the consumer to the brand (i.e., self–brand connection, brand engagement). The main contribution of the paper to the field is the analysis of the interaction between CSR and branding in the context of an emerging economy. To that aim, and also in a novel way, we use the Stimuli–Organism–Response (SOR) model for a sample of more than 400 food and beverage consumers in Metropolitan Lima, Peru. Our results show that CSR effectively acts as a stimulus for consumers to identify and link to brands and that, in addition, these links generate buy-back (i.e., loyalty) and recommendation behaviors (i.e., WOM) which, in turn, create a great commercial value for companies. This research also analyses how incomes and educational levels moderate the intensity of such links. For practical implications, global trends in managing CSR and branding may be useful, although some cross-cultural and context-specific adaptations are necessary.
How to citeCambra-Fierro, J.J., Flores-Hernández, J. A., Pérez, L. & Valera-Blanes, G. (2020). CSR and branding in emerging economies: The effect of incomes and education (article in press). Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2000
Area / Line of researchDesarrollo empresarial / Marketing y comportamiento del consumidor
Category / SubcategoryCiencias empresariales / Marketing
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
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