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Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility of Prominent Fast Food Establishments by University Students

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  • Morgan, Carissa J.
  • Dominick, S.R.
  • Widmar, Nicole J. Olynk
  • Yeager, Elizabeth A.
  • Croney, Candace C.

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) can affect the way customers perceive a company and can influence product differentiation. This study assesses university students’ perceptions of CSR across eleven prominent fast food restaurants. A total of 550 students responded to in-person surveys administered on the campus of Purdue University. Chipotle and Panera Bread were perceived to be the most socially responsible out of the fast food restaurants studied, receiving mean preference shares of 31% and 30%, respectively.

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  • Morgan, Carissa J. & Dominick, S.R. & Widmar, Nicole J. Olynk & Yeager, Elizabeth A. & Croney, Candace C., 2016. "Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility of Prominent Fast Food Establishments by University Students," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 47(3), pages 1-14, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:249997
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.249997
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    1. Raphael Thomadsen, 2007. "Product Positioning and Competition: The Role of Location in the Fast Food Industry," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 26(6), pages 792-804, 11-12.
    2. Erdem, Seda & Rigby, Dan & Wossink, Ada, 2012. "Using best–worst scaling to explore perceptions of relative responsibility for ensuring food safety," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 661-670.
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