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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Kajalo, Sami
dc.contributor.author Lehtinen, Teresa
dc.date.accessioned 2023-02-05T17:04:45Z
dc.date.available 2023-02-05T17:04:45Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/119630
dc.description.abstract The market for ethical and natural personal care products (PCPs) is growing rapidly as consumers have become increasingly aware of environmental and animal welfare issues in the personal care industry, as well as more concerned for their own health. Although positive attitudes towards ethical consumption have increased, purchase behavior has not increased at the same rate. As personal values are guiding principles in people’s lives, they have proved to have an impact on consumers’ purchase intentions, especially in the case of ethical consumption. For marketers to create successful marketing strategies, it is imperative to understand the values of their consumers and how it affects purchase intentions. This master’s thesis studies consumers’ repurchase intentions toward natural PCPs from a value theory perspective and offers insights about the values and attitudes of natural PCP consumers and about barriers which may affect consumption. Theoretical contributions are made with the combination of Schwartz’s (1992) Theory of Human Values and Ajzen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behavior in a conceptual framework. In addition, this study expands the research of natural PCP consumption and values to a new context of Finnish consumers. This study answers the research questions ‘What values do consumers of natural PCPs hold and how do those values explain attitudes toward natural PCPs?’, ‘How does the Theory of Planned Behavior explain repurchase intention toward natural PCPs?’ and ‘How do barriers to consumption explain differences in repurchase intentions toward natural PCPs?’. The results were analyzed utilizing existing literature and insights gathered from data collected via a survey for natural PCP consumers (n=676), distributed in November 2022. Quantitative research methods such as factor, cluster and multiple regression analyses were used to interpret the data. This research both confirms and challenges findings from previous literature. The results indicate that six different value categories can be identified (self-transcendence, self-enhancement, openness to change, conformity, hedonism, and secure self-direction) from which four distinct consumer groups can be identified (selfless shoppers, non-conformist consumers, responsible achievers, and health-conscious indulgers). The results also indicate that only self-transcendence values and secure self-direction values explain variance in attitudes toward natural PCPs. Furthermore, attitudes and perceived behavioral control are found to explain variance in repurchase intentions. Lastly, this research identifies three barriers to consumption: price, quality, and consumer skepticism. The findings of the research provide valuable managerial implications for both commercial and non-commercial actors in the natural PCP industry in Finland. Understanding underlying values and attitudes behind consumers’ repurchase intentions helps marketers target their offering more accurately. This thesis also provides further avenues for future research in this topic. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The effect of values toward repurchase intentions of natural personal care products en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword ethical consumption en
dc.subject.keyword consumer values en
dc.subject.keyword value theory en
dc.subject.keyword repurchase intentions en
dc.subject.keyword natural cosmetics en
dc.subject.keyword natural PCPs en
dc.subject.keyword consumer behavior en
dc.subject.keyword barriers to consumption en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202302051980
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Marketing en
dc.location P1 I fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess yes

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