Elements of task definition shopping situations: A study in context of products high on haptic salience
Marketing literature has identified task definitions as one of the important situational influences. Task definition features of a situation include an intent or requirement to select, shop for, or obtain information about a general or specific purchase. Researchers have tried to define planned and emergency shopping situations on basis of amount spent on trip and by customer-generated measures on the purpose of the shopping trip. In the studies using behavioral data, either an individual cut-off or an aggregate cut-off has been used. All these definitions of planned and emergency shopping situations are driven from practitioners’ perspective and suffer from operationalization issues. This brings to fore a need to enhance the understanding about the concept of task definition. In this study, we make an attempt to understand and define the concept of task definition from customers’ perspective. Based on the thematic analysis of data collected through qualitative interviews, we identify the elements of task definitions which customers consider salient in distinguishing between different task definitions. We conclude, based on the additional analysis of comparison of these elements across different product categories, that it is also important to consider the finer point in elements across two product categories for same type of shopping trip.
|Date of creation:|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Phone: 91 79 2630 7241|
Fax: 91 79 2630 6896
Web page: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/publications
More information through EDIRC
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Holbrook, Morris B. & Gardner, Meryl P., 1998. "How Motivation Moderates the Effects of Emotions on the Duration of Consumption," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 241-252, July.
- Belk, Russell W, 1975. " Situational Variables and Consumer Behavior," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(3), pages 157-64, December.
- Walters, Rockney G. & Jamil, Maqbul, 2003. "Exploring the relationships between shopping trip type, purchases of products on promotion, and shopping basket profit," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 17-29, January.
- David R. Bell & James M. Lattin, 1998. "Shopping Behavior and Consumer Preference for Store Price Format: Why “Large Basket” Shoppers Prefer EDLP," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 17(1), pages 66-88.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:iim:iimawp:12821. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.