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Consumers’ responses to negative publicity: the influence of culture on information search and negative word-of-mouth

Mingzhou Yu (), Fang Liu () and Julie Anne Lee ()
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Mingzhou Yu: University of Western Australia
Fang Liu: University of Western Australia
Julie Anne Lee: University of Western Australia

Journal of Brand Management, 2019, vol. 26, issue 2, 141-156

Abstract: Abstract Negative publicity is believed to have detrimental impacts on a brand; however, consumers’ responses to negative publicity may not always be negative, and the responses may vary in different cultural contexts. The current study aims to understand the influence of internalised aspects of culture on Chinese consumers’ responses to negative publicity. Our results suggest that Chinese consumers with higher levels of collectivism and uncertainty avoidance are more likely to search for further information and to spread negative word-of-mouth when confronted with negative publicity, than those with lower levels. Further, consumers with higher levels of power distance are more likely to search for further information when the negative information is severe and to participate in negative word-of-mouth when the negative information is less severe, than those with lower levels of power distance. Finally, when exposed to negative publicity, further information search is positively related and negative word-of-mouth negatively related to brand attitudes and purchase intentions.

Keywords: Negative publicity; Culture; Information search; Negative word-of-mouth; Brand attitude; Purchasing intention (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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