China and international ownership: exploring consumer perceptions of brand equity and a new country of origin

Wu, Yufan and Ardley, Barry (2006) China and international ownership: exploring consumer perceptions of brand equity and a new country of origin. In: Academy of Marketing Annual Conference, July 2006, Middlesex University .

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Abstract

It is clear to most observers that China is taking an increasing role in world trade not only through political interventions but as a result of its strategy regarding acquisitions. There have been a significant number of these recently, some of which like the Rover take over in the UK, have been high profile. This paper provides a brief overview of these developments. It is then argued that an important issue facing the Chinese companies involved in these take overs is one of brand equity and country of origin effects. This issue is of equal importance to China’s global competitors as well. A review of the literature shows that consumer perception constructs, such as perceived quality, have been well researched through numerous country-of-origin papers. A key issue to explore here however, is the extent to which the new nationality of brand ownership will have an impact on consumer perception constructs of brand equity. This paper discusses these two areas and examines their relationship in conceptual terms. A research agenda is then suggested, which forms the basis of a proposed interpretative project aimed at establishing the views of consumers regarding the phenomenon of well known brands being taken over by a new country of origin. The research aims to examine the implications for consumer based valuations of brand equity and the types of new strategic thinking this could engender. It is argued that the multi – dimensionality of country of orgin effects and brand equity, both of which are embedded in consumer social constructions, are best researched through an in depth qualitative methodology. This approach may well throw up novel insights into consumer behaviour and perceptions which could be missing from results found in a more structured survey.

Additional Information:It is clear to most observers that China is taking an increasing role in world trade not only through political interventions but as a result of its strategy regarding acquisitions. There have been a significant number of these recently, some of which like the Rover take over in the UK, have been high profile. This paper provides a brief overview of these developments. It is then argued that an important issue facing the Chinese companies involved in these take overs is one of brand equity and country of origin effects. This issue is of equal importance to China’s global competitors as well. A review of the literature shows that consumer perception constructs, such as perceived quality, have been well researched through numerous country-of-origin papers. A key issue to explore here however, is the extent to which the new nationality of brand ownership will have an impact on consumer perception constructs of brand equity. This paper discusses these two areas and examines their relationship in conceptual terms. A research agenda is then suggested, which forms the basis of a proposed interpretative project aimed at establishing the views of consumers regarding the phenomenon of well known brands being taken over by a new country of origin. The research aims to examine the implications for consumer based valuations of brand equity and the types of new strategic thinking this could engender. It is argued that the multi – dimensionality of country of orgin effects and brand equity, both of which are embedded in consumer social constructions, are best researched through an in depth qualitative methodology. This approach may well throw up novel insights into consumer behaviour and perceptions which could be missing from results found in a more structured survey.
Keywords:country of origin, brand equity, qualitative
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N500 Marketing
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:6212
Deposited On:27 Feb 2013 22:31

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