Antecedents and pro-environmental consumer behavior (PECB): the moderating role of religiosity

Shahid Bhuian, Sujeet Sharma, Irfan Butt, Zafar U. Ahmed

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the predictabilities of five intra-personal factors to predict pro-environmental consumer behavior (PECB) and the moderating role of religiosity in Oman. Design/methodology/approach: The study uses neural network to analyze the antecedents/antecedents × religiosity → PECB relationships by using a sample of 306 consumers from Oman. Findings: This study finds that the most important predictors of PECB, according to the order of importance, are attitude × religiosity, knowledge, concern × religiosity, knowledge × religiosity, value, religiosity, attitude, concern and value × religiosity. Research limitations/implications: The convenience sample from a single Islamic country limits the generalizability of the findings. Future studies should use probabilistic sampling techniques and multiple Islamic countries located in different geographical regions. Practical implications: To promote PECB, businesses and policymakers should provide environmental education to expand knowledge and value, leverage ecological religious values in integrated marketing communications, make positive inducements to change attitude and concern enhancing interventions. Social implications: As religiosity enhances PECB by moderating the impacts of environmental intra-personal factors on PECB, businesses and policymakers should find ways to use faith-based ecological messages in Islamic countries. Originality/value: Determining the predictabilities of psychological factors and their interactions with religiosity to predict PECB in Islamic countries is necessary for promoting environmentally friendly products in Islamic countries and for reducing the ecological damage to the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-299
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Consumer Marketing
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 14 2018

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Keywords

  • Neural network
  • Oman
  • Pro-environmental consumer behavior
  • Religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing

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