Consumer cosmopolitanism in international marketing research: a systematic review and future research agenda

Anna Makrides, Olga Kvasova, Alkis Thrassou, Elias Hadjielias, Alberto Ferraris

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to systematically collate and scrutinize the state of the art on consumer cosmopolitanism (CCOS) from an international marketing perspective and to provide a foundation for future research on the subject matter to proliferate and prosper. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review of the extant literature was conducted focusing on peer-reviewed journal articles published in major marketing, international business and management journals. Findings: A systematic analysis of 44 journal articles shows that CCOS research is a rapidly growing research stream in the international marketing field. However, at the same time, the results reveal a lack of coherent and consistent conceptual underpinning, conflicting empirical findings regarding the profile and behavior of cosmopolitan consumers, persisting knowledge gaps, as well as methodological and contextual weaknesses. Originality/value: This paper is the first to consolidate the pertinent literature on CCOS. In doing so, it provides a roadmap for future research with reference to theory, context and methodology based on the research inconsistencies and knowledge gaps identified, contributing toward the development of this research area.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Marketing Review
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


    • Consumer behavior
    • Consumer cosmopolitanism
    • International market segmentation
    • International marketing
    • Systematic review


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