nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2021‒03‒29
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. The Impact of Culture on Impulse Buying Behavior in Bangladesh By Fairuz Chowdhury
  2. Spiritual religiosity in the Workplace between Media and Organizational Logics: A French Perspective By Mihaela Alexandra Tudor
  3. The Church and Social Media By Sorin Badragan

  1. By: Fairuz Chowdhury (Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Dhaka -1000, Dhaka, Bangladesh Author-2-Name: Melita Mehjabeen Author-2-Workplace-Name: Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Dhaka -1000, Dhaka, Bangladesh Author-3-Name: Author-3-Workplace-Name: Author-4-Name: Author-4-Workplace-Name: Author-5-Name: Author-5-Workplace-Name: Author-6-Name: Author-6-Workplace-Name: Author-7-Name: Author-7-Workplace-Name: Author-8-Name: Author-8-Workplace-Name:)
    Abstract: Objective - The primary aim of the paper is to investigate the impact of culture on impulse buying behavior for an emerging nation, Bangladesh. Methodology/Technique - After conducting a detailed literature review, a questionnaire survey was developed. Using a non-probabilistic snowball sampling, a sample size of 351 was attained. Exploratory factor analysis was employed to understand the six cultural dimensions of Hofstede's model and impulse purchasing behavior, and OLS multiple regression was performed to test the association of the dimensions of culture with impulse buying behavior. Findings - The results indicate that there is a significant positive relationship between masculinity and impulse buying behavior. Surprisingly, the results suggest that the other five cultural dimensions do not have any significant association with impulse buying behavior, implying that these specific cultural constructs do not influence consumers' impulse buying behavior in Bangladesh. Novelty - Typically, academic research has focused on the individualism/collectivism or power distance dimensions at the cultural level primarily on the developed countries' context, therefore, calling for further research including several dimensions of Hofstede's cultural model. The novelty of the paper lies in its consideration of including all six dimensions of Hofstede's model in the context of an emerging nation.
    Keywords: Impulse Buying Behavior; Culture; Emerging Economy; Bangladesh; Hofstede
    JEL: M31 M39
    Date: 2021–03–31
  2. By: Mihaela Alexandra Tudor (CORHIS - Communication, Ressources Humaines et Intervention Sociale - UPVM - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia)
    Abstract: This exploratory research focuses on how mainstream media apprehends religion in the workplace in the specific French socio-cultural and ideological framing through the media coverage analysis of the French Observatory of Religious Phenomenon in Organization's annual survey, published in September 2018. Findings reveal that media operates with a meaning of religion still subject to a conception of laicity that corroborate antagonism between science and religion on the one hand, and, secularization as an indicator of transition from traditional society to modern society on the other hand. Managers and companies implicitly use a more elastic meaning, in accordance with the specificities of the workplace and labor market that has integrated a more deinstitutionalizing vision of religion, in the context of the emergence of new religious representations in touch with alternative spiritualities.
    Keywords: French Observatory of Religious Phenomenon in Organization,French sociocultural framing,laicity,mediatization,spiritualreligiosity,workplace
    Date: 2021
  3. By: Sorin Badragan (Faculty of Baptist Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania)
    Abstract: As nearly half of the global population is on one or more social networks, the churches need to relate to this rapidly expanding phenomenon. The churches have regarded social media primarily as a tool to fulfill their ministry, so generally in positive terms. However, the negative side of social media requires a proper response from the church, perhaps mainly by serving those who are directly affected by it. But social media is more than just a tool, according to the theory of mediatization, social media deeply influences all aspects of personal and public life. This paper explores what the appropriate response could be on the part of the church to this new reality which poses difficult challenges.
    Keywords: church, social media, mediatization, ministry, technology
    Date: 2021–01

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