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Embodied Cognition and New Product Design: Changing Product Form to Influence Brand Categorization

Kreuzbauer, R and Malter, AJ (2005) Embodied Cognition and New Product Design: Changing Product Form to Influence Brand Categorization Journal of Product Innovation Management, 22 (2). pp. 165-176.

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This article explains how embodied cognition and perceptual symbol systems enable product designers to influence consumers by communicating key perceptual features through subtle changes in product design elements. In this way, managers can change perceptual design elements to support line extension strategies. More specifically, design changes can be used as a tool to help evolve consumer perceptions of a product's uses and brand category membership. The role of perceptual symbols in product design is illustrated by a well-known off-road motorbike brand that planned to extend into the street motorbike segment. In order to facilitate consumer acceptance of a street motorbike from this off-road brand, the firm gradually introduced models containing an increasing number of elements of street motorbikes over a period of several years. The authors use this example to show how typical design elements of the target product category can be effectively integrated with design elements of the current product category by simply modifying key characteristics of product-shape attributes. This process is further tested in an experiment, where motorbike models differing slightly in key product features (e.g., product shape) were rated on their resemblance to street or off-road motorbikes. The results show a strong effect of these design changes on brand-category membership. Managerial implications of this approach and future research directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Marketing
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Malter, AJ
Date : 24 February 2005
DOI : 10.1111/j.0737-6782.2005.00112.x
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2005 Product Development & Management Association
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:38
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 15:09

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