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The role of brand utilities: application to buying intention of fair trade products

Abstract: The authors focus on the ethical consumption and propose a model of buying intention of fair trade products, including the utilities of the fair trade generic brand as direct determinants. The authors measure the functional and symbolic utilities provided by this brand, together with the attitude towards the commercialising organisations, consumer concern and perceived knowledge about fair trade issues. The model is tested through a structural equation model on a sample of members (students, lecturers and staff) of a "Fair trade University". The results confirm that perceived functional utility is the most important antecedent of the buying intention, while the symbolic dimension has a significant but weaker explanatory power. Conversely, the consumer attitude towards the organisation has no influence. The authors also highlight the importance of communication and concern to stimulate consumer behaviour.

 Autoría: Garcia-De los Salmones M.d.M., Perez A.,

 Fuente: Journal of Strategic Marketing Volume 27, 2019 - Issue 2 Pages 119-135

 Editorial: Taylor & Francis

 Año de publicación: 2019

 Nº de páginas: 32

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1080/0965254X.2017.1384745

 ISSN: 0965-254X,1466-4488