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‘Welcome to the experience economy’: assessing the influence of customer experience literature through bibliometric analysis


  • Hélder Ferreira

    () (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Aurora A.C. Teixeira

    () (CEF.UP, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto; INESC Porto; OBEGEF)


Some publications strongly influence how research in a field evolves and in which direction, particularly by introducing and developing new concepts and insights. The analysis of such seminal publications is an interesting way to examine a scholar’s or a theory’s influence on a discipline. It is a sound and valuable method for introducing newcomers to a field, while also providing incumbent researchers with thorough and encompassing updates. In the last few years there has been increasing interest from both academia and practitioners in the topic of customer experience. Pine II and Gilmore’s article published in 1998 in the Harvard Business Review (‘Welcome to the experience economy’) is seen by many as a key forerunner in this area of research. The present paper explores the ‘small world’ of Pine II and Gilmore, based on bibliometric tools. An in-depth analysis of the scientific influence of this article was performed, based on the citations it has received since it was published (1998) to 2012. The results confirm the broad scope of influence of the concept of ‘customer experience’. Indeed, Pine II and Gilmore’s article has been cited by authors from a wide range of scientific areas, not only in business and management but also tourism, sport, leisure and hospitality. Moreover, measurement and innovation emerge as underrepresented sub-topics within customer experience research. Finally, an appeal is made for more quantitative-led research in this field of study.

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  • Hélder Ferreira & Aurora A.C. Teixeira, 2013. "‘Welcome to the experience economy’: assessing the influence of customer experience literature through bibliometric analysis," FEP Working Papers 481, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:481

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    1. Silva, Ester G. & Teixeira, Aurora A.C., 2008. "Surveying structural change: Seminal contributions and a bibliometric account," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 273-300, December.
    2. Gentile, Chiara & Spiller, Nicola & Noci, Giuliano, 2007. "How to Sustain the Customer Experience:: An Overview of Experience Components that Co-create Value With the Customer," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 395-410, October.
    3. Nigel Hemmington, 2007. "From Service to Experience: Understanding and Defining the Hospitality Business," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(6), pages 747-755, September.
    4. Stuart, F. Ian, 2006. "Designing and executing memorable service experiences: Lights, camera, experiment, integrate, action!," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 149-159.
    5. Pedro Cosme Vieira & Aurora A.C. Teixeira, 2006. "Are Finance, Management, and Marketing Autonomous Fields of Scientific Research? An Analysis Based on Journal Citations," FEP Working Papers 233, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    1. Ana Pinto Borges & Didier Laussel & João Correia-da-Silva, 2013. "Multidimensional Screening with Complementary Activities: Regulating a Monopolist with Unknown Cost and Unknown Preference for Empire Building," Games, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 1-29, September.
    2. João Correia-da-Silva & Joana Pinho & Hélder Vasconcelos, 2013. "Cartel stability and profits under different reactions to entry in markets with growing demand," FEP Working Papers 487, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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    Customer experience; Scientific influence; Bibliometrics; Citations;

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    • M39 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Other
    • C89 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other

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