Organic food: observations of Chinese purchasing behaviours

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Roberts, Robin and Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn R.. 2007. "Organic food: observations of Chinese purchasing behaviours." Thyne, Maree, Deans, Kenneth R. and Gnoth, Juergen (ed.) ANZMAC 2007: 3Rs Reputation, Responsibility and Relevance: Doctoral Colloquium Writing Workshop. Dunedin, New Zealand 30 Nov - 02 Dec 2007 Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Organic food: observations of Chinese purchasing behaviours

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsRoberts, Robin (Author) and Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn R. (Author)
EditorsThyne, Maree, Deans, Kenneth R. and Gnoth, Juergen
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2007 Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC 2007)
Journal Citation1, pp. 3430-3436
Number of Pages7
Year2007
Place of PublicationDunedin, New Zealand
ISBN9781877156299
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.anzmac07.otago.ac.nz/
Conference/EventANZMAC 2007: 3Rs Reputation, Responsibility and Relevance: Doctoral Colloquium Writing Workshop
Event Details
ANZMAC 2007: 3Rs Reputation, Responsibility and Relevance: Doctoral Colloquium Writing Workshop
Event Date
30 Nov 2007 to end of 02 Dec 2007
Event Location
Dunedin, New Zealand
Abstract

[Abstract]: Previous research into organic food purchasing was based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour and this has enabled us to understand which attitudinal dispositions are associated with intentions to purchase organic food. A key issue identified by researchers such as Zinkhan and Carlson (1995) is that intentions do not always lead to behaviours and as a result alternate methodological perspectives are required.

A covert observation technique was used to explore what is purchased and by whom in China. The behaviours and key characteristics of 136 people were observed in 66 episodes in two Chinese supermarkets. Dry grocery products were the dominant organic food category purchased in China. People shopped in groups, with interactions and the influence of others clearly evident. Surveys of one person are likely to provide limited insight into behaviour.

KeywordsConsumer behaviour, organic food, observation method
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350606. Marketing research methodology
470202. Asian cultural studies
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
School of Management and Marketing
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