Interpersonal influence and consumer innovativeness
Innovators represent a small and somewhat elusive group of consumers who are often the earliest adopters of new products. As such, marketing researchers and practitioners alike are interested in determining the personality characteristics that influence innovators to purchase a new product early in the product life cycle. This correlational study examined the relationships of three of these characteristics (susceptibility to interpersonal influence, attention to social comparison information, and role‐relaxed consumption) to individual innate innovativeness. Data were collected using self‐report surveys administered to 326 students at a large public university in the south‐east United States. The results supported hypothesized negative relationships between consumer innovativeness and both susceptibility to interpersonal influence and attention to social comparison information, as well as a positive relationship between consumer innovativeness and role‐relaxed consumption.
interpersonal influence, social comparison, innovativeness, role‐relaxed consumer
Clark, Ronald A., and Ronald E. Goldsmith. "Interpersonal influence and consumer innovativeness." International Journal of Consumer Studies 30, no. 1 (2006): 34-43.
International Journal of Consumer Studies