Will college students take a stand? Effects of health orientations on purchase decision factors for standing desks Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose This study aims to examine the impact of college students health and wellness orientations on the perceived importance of health benefits for an innovative new brand of standing desk, which is hypothesized to positively affect students attitudes and intentions. Research in this domain for the college student market is sparse. Design/methodology/approach An online survey was conducted among business students at a large Midwestern US University, with class credit offered for completion. Of the 325 students given the opportunity to participate, 210 completed the survey. Findings Health motivation is positively related to calorie reduction importance, whereas wellness orientation is positively related to back health and cognitive enhancement. Calorie reduction and potential cognitive benefits significantly affect attitudes toward standing desks, which positively impact intentions to use, pay a school usage fee and buy the product. Research limitations/implications Different health orientation factors are associated with specific health benefits, providing greater insight into consumer attitudinal motivations for health-related products. Future research can further evaluate the generalizability of the results. Practical implications Marketers can tailor more effective communications based on underlying consumer motivations for health-related product benefits, resulting in better marketing outcomes. Social implications Obesity is a growing societal issue, which could be ameliorated by improved daily behaviors, including the use of standing desks to assist in countering sedentarism. Originality/value To the best of the authors knowledge, neither academic research has yet examined standing desk purchase decision factors for the college student market, nor the effects of different health orientations on perceived health benefits.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Product & Brand Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Goodrich, K., Benden, M., Munch, J., & Wamwara, W.

complete list of authors

  • Goodrich, Kendall||Benden, Mark||Munch, James||Wamwara, Wakiuru

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM