The aims of the paper are: 1) to evaluate the influence of rationality and irrationality on the purchasing decision-making process in terms of selected target groups of customers and product categories in the conditions of a pandemic situation in the Czech Republic, and 2) to design an updated version of the FCB model for Czech consumers and then to compare it with well-known established theoretical assumptions. To meet bothaims, both primary and secondary marketing research were conducted. Secondary scientific research is based on knowledge of marketing communication and consumer behaviour with an emphasis on models of the hierarchy of effects. The primary focus is on the FCB (Foote-Cone-Belding) model which integrates knowledge from different sequential models and offers output in the form of four situations based on two dimensions - involvement (small versus large interest) and thinking versus feeling. Aquestionnaire was used as the means of conducting research. The online questionnaire was distributed to a total of 1100 respondents. The outputs of the primary survey reveal that the design of the FCB model based on research data differs from the defined theoretical framework. The scientific contribution of this paper is the implementation, updating and
adaptation of the FCB model to the conditions of the Czech marketing environment to ensure its possible practical applicability.
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Kateřina Matušínská is currently an assistant professor at Silesian University in Opava, School of Business Administration in Karviná, Department of Business Economics and Management. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Business Economics and Management in 2010. Her main teaching and research interests include the fields of general marketing, marketing communication, services marketing, and financial services marketing. She is the author or co-author of monographs, textbooks and numerous professional papers published in domestic and foreign scientific journals or conference proceedings.
Šárka Zapletalová is currently an assistant professor at Silesian University in Opava, School of Business Administration in Karviná, Department of Business Economics and Management. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Business Studies in 2000. Since then she has lectured in the fields of business, international business, management and marketing. She is the author of several professional publications and articles published in reputed journals focusing on international business and international management.