Activist Brand Perception: Conceptualization, Scale Development and Validation

Selma Saracevic*, Bodo B. Schlegelmilch

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Brand activism (BA) has attracted substantial attention due to consumers’ rising expectations for brands to address social and political issues. However, empirical research on consumers’ understanding of activist brands (i.e., brands that engage in brand activism) remains limited, mainly due to the absence of a valid measurement tool. To fill this gap, the authors introduce a two-dimensional consumer Activist Brand Perception (ABP) scale with eight items. Drawing from extensive literature analysis, relevant manifestations of BA are identified as the foundation for the scale. Through a rigorous scale development process involving qualitative and quantitative assessment, the (ABP) scale emerges as a reliable instrument to capture consumer perceptions of activist brands, enabling researchers to comprehend how consumers view activist brands.
Original languageEnglish
Article number114732
JournalJournal of Business Research
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024


  • Brand activism
  • Activist brand perception
  • Scale development
  • Consumer perceptions

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