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Does a transparent umbrella make you longing for a humorous movie? The influence of transparency on decision-making

Does a transparent umbrella make you longing for a humorous movie? The influence of transparency... The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of transparency on consumers' judgment and decision-making.Design/methodology/approachThis study uses an experimental research design in which participants' negative emotions dynamically change driven by group emotional interactions when they are experiencing a group complaint.FindingsThe experimental results show that compared with opaque products, transparent products make consumers rely more on emotions to make judgments and decisions (Experiment 1). It is precise because transparency increases the influence of emotion on consumers' judgment and decision-making that positive emotion makes consumers' evaluation and willingness to pay higher, while negative emotion makes consumers' evaluation and willingness to pay lower (Experiments 2 and 3). Transparency will also affect consumers' subsequent judgment and decision-making methods, so they are more inclined to choose the option with the dominant emotional dimension (Experiment 4).Originality/valuePrevious studies mainly focus on the impact of transparent packaging on consumers and discuss the impact of transparent packaging on consumer product evaluation and consumption quantity. This study proves that product-related transparent elements can also affect consumers' decision-making methods, making them more dependent on emotions to make decisions, enriching the research on the influencing factors of consumer decision-making methods. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Contemporary Marketing Science Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2516-7480
DOI
10.1108/jcmars-06-2021-0024
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of transparency on consumers' judgment and decision-making.Design/methodology/approachThis study uses an experimental research design in which participants' negative emotions dynamically change driven by group emotional interactions when they are experiencing a group complaint.FindingsThe experimental results show that compared with opaque products, transparent products make consumers rely more on emotions to make judgments and decisions (Experiment 1). It is precise because transparency increases the influence of emotion on consumers' judgment and decision-making that positive emotion makes consumers' evaluation and willingness to pay higher, while negative emotion makes consumers' evaluation and willingness to pay lower (Experiments 2 and 3). Transparency will also affect consumers' subsequent judgment and decision-making methods, so they are more inclined to choose the option with the dominant emotional dimension (Experiment 4).Originality/valuePrevious studies mainly focus on the impact of transparent packaging on consumers and discuss the impact of transparent packaging on consumer product evaluation and consumption quantity. This study proves that product-related transparent elements can also affect consumers' decision-making methods, making them more dependent on emotions to make decisions, enriching the research on the influencing factors of consumer decision-making methods.

Journal

Journal of Contemporary Marketing ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 16, 2021

Keywords: Transparency; Decision-making; Feeling-based decision

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