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Consumer participation in the design and realization stages of production: How self-production shapes consumer evaluations and relationships to products

S. Sinem Atakan, Richard P. Bagozzi and Carolyn Yoon

International Journal of Research in Marketing, 2014, vol. 31, issue 4, 395-408

Abstract: Psychological responses of consumers to specific stages of self-production activities are investigated in four studies. Findings reveal that consumer participation in the realization stage (physical production) enhances affective commitment to the product. However, physical production without opportunity to express choice or creativity during the production process does not change the symbolic meaning of the product (how self-expressive it is) and, therefore, does not result in identification with the product. Participation during the design stage (input-specification) enhances identification, leading to affective commitment, which in turn enhances evaluation of the self-made product. Finally, engaging consumers in both the realization and design stages of the production process does not create value for consumers over and above the main effects created by a high level of participation in either stage.

Keywords: Self-production; Do-it-yourself products; Co-creation; Self-design; Physical production; Person–object relationship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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