Green product preferences considering cultural influences: A comparison study between Malaysia and Indonesia

Ghazali, Ihwan and Abdul-Rashid, Salwa Hanim and Md Dawal, Siti Zawiah and Aoyama, Hideki and Sakundarini, Novita and Ho, Fu Haw and Herawan, Safarudin Gazali (2021) Green product preferences considering cultural influences: A comparison study between Malaysia and Indonesia. Management of Environmental Quality, 32 (5, SI). pp. 1040-1063. ISSN 1477-7835, DOI

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Purpose There is an increasing awareness among manufacturers to make production more sustainable in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Manufacturers are now urged to not only focus on the business profit but also concern on environment protection by producing green products. However, issues may arise regarding the preferences of customers on green products, which will vary due to the influence of cultural values. This will give an impact on the marketing of green products. The aim of this study is to identify the influence of cultural values on the green products design in Malaysia and Indonesia. Design/methodology/approach A pretest on the survey instruments was performed to ensure the reliability and validity of the questionnaire. The collected data were statistically analyzed based on the satisfaction level, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Findings The results showed that customer preferences in Malaysia were mostly influenced by uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation and power distance, excluding collectivism and masculinity. In Indonesia, the dimension of uncertainty avoidance and long-term orientation had significant influence, whereas power distance, masculinity and collectivism dimension had no influence. Eco-label was identified as the most important factor for green products in Malaysia and having product services characteristics factor for product lifetime extension in Indonesia. Practical implications For practices, the cultural values and preferred characteristics identified in this study provide valuable information to policymakers and businesses on what draws customers toward green products in Malaysia and Indonesia. This finding can be used as supported data for the policymakers in order to achieve sustainable development goal (SDGs) in Malaysia and Indonesia. Originality/value The findings of this study provide valuable information for designers to design products with green characteristics that cater to the consumer market in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as other countries which may have similar cultural traits.

Item Type: Article
Funders: AUN/Seed-Net Project under Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability; Environmental concern; Green product; Cultural value; Green behavior
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 27 May 2022 06:56
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 06:56

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