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Hedonistic rationality: Healthy food consumption choice using muddling-through

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  • Hausman, Angela
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    This study offers a comprehensive understanding of factors affecting food consumption by grounding hypotheses within the theory of muddling-through. Muddling-through is a decision-making theory that explains decisions based on conflicting goals and contexts where applying analytics to aid decision-making offers severe limitations (Lindblom, 1959). Results based on two separate datasets demonstrate the substantial explanatory ability of muddling-through in understanding healthy eating behaviors. The article concludes with implications for consumers and organizations promoting healthy food consumption and future research.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 794-801

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:6:p:794-801
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2010.12.018
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