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Turning ideas into products: subjective well-being in co-creation


  • Rebecca Pera
  • Giampaolo Viglia


New services, like fabrication spaces, 3D printer rentals and virtual marketplaces, have made it easier for empowered consumers to co-create innovative products without almost any involvement of traditional companies. Adopting a consumer-grounded view, this work takes a step forward from the existing service literature by investigating the link between psychological motives and happiness in co-creation. Specifically, the study measures how community affiliation, personal growth and utilitarian motives are predictors of subjective well-being (SWB). The results illustrate that community affiliation and personal growth motives predict high scores of SWB, while utilitarian motives do not. In addition, empowered consumers who co-create with others are happier than consumers who create alone. This indicates that direct interactions are not only a powerful platform for service co-creation, but are also predictors of SWB. We discuss the implications for traditional companies and for decision makers regarding the benefits offered by digital fabrication services.

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  • Rebecca Pera & Giampaolo Viglia, 2015. "Turning ideas into products: subjective well-being in co-creation," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(7-8), pages 388-402, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:servic:v:35:y:2015:i:7-8:p:388-402
    DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2015.1015521

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