In the eye of the beholder: The role of cognitive style and similarity in the evaluation of brand extensions

de Groote, Julia Katharina; Mendini, Monica; Gibbert, Michael (2019). In the eye of the beholder: The role of cognitive style and similarity in the evaluation of brand extensions. Journal of consumer behaviour, 18(1), pp. 63-73. Wiley 10.1002/cb.1741

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Fit has been identified as an antecedent of the success of brand extensions. Recently, a new stream of literature has distinguished two different types of fit: feature‐based taxonomic similarity and relation‐based thematic similarity. Although researchers in this field have investigated how thematic and taxonomic brand extensions are evaluated, they have not accounted for interindividual differences in these evaluations. To address this gap, we investigate how cognitive styles are related to the evaluation of brand extensions that are based on different types of similarity. We show that a systematic cognitive style is related to the evaluation of taxonomic brand extensions. Moreover, we take the first steps to disentangle the relationship between intuitive cognitive style and the evaluation of thematic brand extensions, and we show that positive affect might play an important role as a moderator in these cases. The results provide us with a better understanding of how interindividual differences in information processing might account for differences in preferences for different types of brand extensions and, hence, consumer behavior.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

de Groote, Julia Katharina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1472-0817

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adrian Ruchti

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2019 12:06

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 06:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/cb.1741

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129594

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129594

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