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An empirical assessment of the configural invariance of the brand personality scale : a comparison involving ethnic groups and brands in Canada

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An empirical assessment of the configural invariance of the brand personality scale : a comparison involving ethnic groups and brands in Canada

Hassan, Guliz (2001) An empirical assessment of the configural invariance of the brand personality scale : a comparison involving ethnic groups and brands in Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Brand personality, as one of the major components of brand identity, is a significant determinant of brand equity. This study investigates the configural invariance of a 42-item brand personality scale that was suggested by Aaker (1997) by extending its use from her U.S. sample to Anglophone and Francophone ethnic groups and some popular brands in Canada. Following a translation of the brand personality scale from English to French and two pilot studies for selecting 30 brands for the study, a stratified area sampling plan was executed to collect data from Anglophones and Francophones in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1959 questionnaires were distributed by field workers using area sampling within each selected census tract and 596 usable responses were received by mail. After classifying the respondents into Anglophones or Francophones in terms of their responses to a multi-item scale involving language use and self-identification of ethnicity, confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to assess the configural invariance of the brand personality scale. The results suggest that the factor structure for both ethnic groups are different than the structure suggested by Aaker (1997) for her U.S. study. Exploratory factor analysis of the data for each ethnic group suggests five factors as in Aaker's study. However, the composition of the factors in terms of the items of the scale is different from hers. The orthogonal rotation of the factor pattern matrices to congruence shows that the factor loadings for the two Canadian ethnic groups are very similar.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hassan, Guliz
Pagination:viii, 130 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.Sc.Admin.)
Program:John Molson School of Business
Date:2001
Thesis Supervisor(s):Buyukkurt, Kemal
ID Code:1564
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:20
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:21
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