Interpreting Consumer Motivations for Luxury Consumption: An Application of the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique

Gao, Shijing (2018) Interpreting Consumer Motivations for Luxury Consumption: An Application of the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Over the recent decades, the global luxury market has grown dramatically, and Chinese consumers account for more than a quarter share of the targeted consumers in the luxury market. Thus, luxury consumption has gained attention from the academic researchers and marketing practitioners. The literature on luxury consumption is mainly focused on the Western context, and the previous studies usually examined consumers’ motivations for luxury consumption by separating the internal influences (i.e. the self-concept) from the external influences (i.e. the cultural and social factors). However, it is not clear that how consumers perceive luxuries within the Eastern cultures and what are the differences between motivations of males and females for luxury consumption. Therefore, this paper explores the underlying motivations of consumers within the Chinese cultures by combining the internal influences and external influences.

In addition, the in-depth interview is the primary research method in this study. Twenty respondents were recruited by snowball sampling and were interviewed with the application of the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique. The findings of this study were divided into four themes (i.e. attractiveness, professional, force and the essence) and were concluded from two perspectives (i.e. the social-oriented perspective and the individual-oriented perspective). These findings provide the implications for luxury managerial strategies and the limitations in the thesis offer directions for the further research.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: perceptions of luxury consumption, motivations for luxury consumption, cultural influences, the role of gender in luxury consumption
Depositing User: Gao, Shijing
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2022 15:44

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