Corporate philanthropy and brand morality perceptions
2018-07-12T11:03:09Z (GMT) by
First, the current study aims to provide companies with a comprehensive understanding on how consumers’ ethical associations emerge, so that they will be better positioned to design social strategies aligned with consumers’ expectations, and communicate their contribution to several social needs in an effective way. In this context, the objective is to empirically investigate the effect of varying geographic scope of companies’ donations on consumers’ perceptions of brand morality. The second objective is to examine the impact that a company’s donation size has, on consumers’ perceptions of brand morality, their willingness to pay a price premium, and their intentions to spread positive word-of-mouth. The third objective of this study is to complement extant research on the role that various individual differences paly on whether or how strongly consumers react to a company’s philanthropic activity. Specifically, this research intends to investigate how people’s ethnocentric tendency, perceived social control, attributions about company motives, and cause involvement, are likely to exert influence on their perceptions of brand morality, positive word-of-mouth intentions, and willingness to pay more. The final objective of this research is to add knowledge to the literature on potential outcomes of perceived brand morality, which has currently received little attention. More specifically, the question that will be addressed in this study is whether, and to what extent, consumers’ positive word-of-mouth communication intentions, and willingness to pay more are affected by their perceptions of the brand’s morality.