Heidelberg, 12. April 2017. The 5th French-Austrian-German Workshop on Consumer Behavior with the title “Challenges of Culture” took place in at the University of Vienna from March 30th – March 31st, 2017. The conference was organized by the workshop chairs Abdelmajid Amine, Claas Christian Germelmann, Andrea Gröppel-Klein, Patricia Gurviez, Hans Mühlbacher and Udo Wagner.
The number of the workshop participants was kept small to encourage discussion and provide enough networking opportunities. 19 research studies were presented by 45 workshop participants from 9 countries. Each presentation slot was allocated 30 minutes plus 10 minutes of discussion to allow interaction and discussion amongst scholars. The contributions ranged from theoretical developments to findings regarding consumer behavior in a cultural context. The presentations took place on the 12th floor of the faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, which allowed a superb view of Vienna.
Prof. Dr. Adrienne Steffen presented the challenges she faced with understanding German second hand-consumption. Her presentation with the title “Towards understanding second-hand culture and consumption” indicated that Germans are not primarily driven to purchase second-hand by economic and ecological consideration. Several motives for second-hand consumption co-exist. Social and nostalgic motives appear to be primary motivators.