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Exploring Novel Antecedents and Consequences of Choice Deferral

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Exploring Novel Antecedents and Consequences of Choice Deferral

Singh, Tanya (2023) Exploring Novel Antecedents and Consequences of Choice Deferral. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This dissertation explores novel antecedents and consequences of choice deferral. Choice deferral is a common consumer phenomenon wherein consumers put off making choices due to choice conflict during a decision task. In the first chapter, I summarize extant research in choice deferral and describe research in the related domains of procrastination and choice delay. Based on existing research, I propose a novel consequence of choice deferral. In chapter 2, I examine the impact of choice deferral on deferral on subsequent unrelated choice tasks. Across four studies, I find evidence for a novel “deferral momentum” effect, such that initial choice deferral begets subsequent choice deferral. I examine decision confidence as a potential mechanism of this effect and find evidence to support my predictions. Finally, in the chapter 3, I investigate how the degree of choice conflict on initial choice impacts subsequent choice deferral. Across four studies, I find that choice conflict can counterintuitively decrease incidence of choice deferral. I argue this occurs because a conflict mindset can facilitate evaluation of contrasting information and attributes, thus facilitating tradeoffs and reducing deferral. My dissertation aims to expand our understanding of how choice deferral and its determinants can impact subsequent choices. My findings have important implications, both for consumer behavior scholars and marketing practitioners.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Marketing
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Singh, Tanya
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Business Administration (Marketing specialization)
Date:1 May 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Roux, Caroline
Keywords:Consumer Decision Making, Choice Deferral, Procrastination, Decision Avoidance, Choice Conflict, Sequential Choice
ID Code:990828
Deposited By: Tanya Singh
Deposited On:27 Oct 2022 14:19
Last Modified:27 Oct 2022 14:19

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