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The Influence of Religiously Motivated Consumer Boycotts on Brand Image, Loyalty and Product Judgment

Abosag, Ibrahim and Farah, Maya (2014) 'The Influence of Religiously Motivated Consumer Boycotts on Brand Image, Loyalty and Product Judgment.' European Journal of Marketing, 48 (11/12). pp. 2262-2283.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper was to examine the in!uence of religiously motivated boycotts, such as the one conducted in Saudi Arabia against Danish companies, on corporate brand image, customer loyalty and product judgment. Despite a growing research interest in understanding the effects of different types of consumer animosities on companies’ performance, there appears to be a scarcity of studies addressing the speci"c effects of religious animosity. Religious animosity is considered as an additional type which may have more stable and longer-term impacts than other animosities on behaviour. Design/methodology/approach – The study was based on a two-stage design: an exploratory qualitative stage involving 11 in-depth interviews, followed by a more comprehensive quantitative stage designed to test a proposed theoretical model. Data was collected from Saudi customers of the Danish company Arla Foods in Saudi Arabia. Data was analysed using structural equation model (LISREL 8). Findings – The model con"rms that boycotting have strong negative impact on brand image and consumer loyalty but does not in!uence consumers’ product judgment. Practical implications – Religious boycotts have signi"cant consequences on both corporate pro"ts and brand image. The study provides clear steps for companies to combat the in!uence of religious boycotts especially in relation to brand image and customer loyalty. Originality/value – The study tested the in!uence of consumer religious boycotts on brand image and customer loyalty. Religious animosity was found to cause a more persistent boycott that negatively impacts brand image and weakens customer loyalty. However, by and large, boycotting was found not to have any signi"cant impact on product judgment.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 03090566
Copyright Statement: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here [http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/21178/]. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1108/EJM-12-2013-0737
Depositing User: Ibrahim Abosag
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 15:32
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21178

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