Exploring perceptions of advertising ethics: an informant-derived approach

Shabbir, H.A., Maalouf, H., Griessmair, M., Colmekcioglu, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-9041-4044 and Akhtar, P., 2018. Exploring perceptions of advertising ethics: an informant-derived approach. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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Whilst considerable research exists on determining consumer responses to pre-determined statements within numerous ad ethics contexts, our understanding of consumer thoughts regarding ad ethics in general remains lacking. The purpose of our study therefore is to provide a first illustration of an emic and informant-based derivation of perceived ad ethics. The authors use multi-dimensional scaling as an approach enabling the emic, or locally derived deconstruction of perceived ad ethics. Given recent calls to develop our understanding of ad ethics in different cultural contexts, and in particular within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, we use Lebanon—the most ethically charged advertising environment within MENA—as an illustrative context for our study. Results confirm the multi-faceted and pluralistic nature of ad ethics as comprising a number of dimensional themes already salient in the existing literature but in addition, we also find evidence for a bipolar relationship between individual themes. The specific pattern of inductively derived relationships is culturally bound. Implications of the findings are discussed, followed by limitations of the study and recommendations for further research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Ethics
Creators: Shabbir, H.A., Maalouf, H., Griessmair, M., Colmekcioglu, N. and Akhtar, P.
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Date: 23 January 2018
ISSN: 0167-4544
3784Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © the author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Apr 2018 10:09
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 10:09
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33214

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