Quantifying consumers' motivational structures for food products

Date of publication: November 1, 2000


This paper describes methodological issues concerning the Association Pattern Technique, a method to quantify means-end chain structures. The method provides understanding in the way consumers are motivated to choose specific products. The main focus is on the experience and difficulties encountered, in using this method in Europe and China. The topics addressed include development of the questionnaire; analysis of the data; application for the business; and challenges ahead.

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