High- versus Low-Context National Cultures: Preferences for Type of Retailer and for Human Interaction
A purpose of this research is to investigate differences between low-and high-context national cultures in retail settings. In particular, we examined cultural differences in preference for human interaction while shopping, "emotional warmth" characteristics, perception of quality service, and retail channel preferences. As businesses more frequently employ multi-channel strategies in global settings, this topic of national culture gains importance and can shed light on key factors that shape consumers' retail preferences. Our findings indicate that national cultures differ in terms of retail channel preferences, preference for human interaction, and relationships between the two. Managerial implications and future research are addressed, as well as our study's limitations
Gregory E. Osland and Bela Florenthal. "High- versus Low-Context National Cultures: Preferences for Type of Retailer and for Human Interaction" Indian Journal of Economics and Business.Special Issue (2009): 97-109.
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