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Yes, We Can! How Implicit Theories of Ability Affect Evaluations of Self-Production Kits
(A2019-9569)

Published: May 28, 2019

AUTHORS

Nam-Chi Nguyen, RWTH Aachen University; Daniel Wentzel, Chair of Marketing, RWTH Aachen University

KEYWORDS

implicit theories of ability; self-production; DIY

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we investigate how consumers’ implicit theories of ability affect product and firm evaluations after engaging in self-production. Based on past research on self-production and implicit theories of ability, we postulate that a high outcome quality (vs. low outcome quality) only leads to a higher repurchase intention and brand attitude for incremental theorists, whereas entity theorists exhibit similar repurchase intentions and brand attitudes irrespective of the outcome quality. The results of our experiment confirmed our hypotheses. Finally, implications for theory and practice are presented.