Design and the creation of meaningful consumption practices in access-based consumption

Gruen, Adele. 2017. Design and the creation of meaningful consumption practices in access-based consumption. Journal of Marketing Management, 33(3-4), pp. 226-243. ISSN 0267-257X [Article]

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Within the rising access economy, products that were traditionally owned are now accessed, shared, rented or swapped. A recent research has shown that access-based consumption, when consumers pay a fee to have access to a product or service, threatens the relationship between consumers and objects. Specifically, access prevents consumers from enacting practices of appropriation and from gaining anything other than utility from this type of consumption. To address this issue, this research draws on the discipline of design and the theory of practice to examine how users form relationships with objects they use. Design, by changing consumer practices, could be the key in restoring the relationship between users and accessed objects. This article looks at a Parisian car sharing system to understand the role of design in restoring this relationship.

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Access-based consumption, design, practice theory, car sharing

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Institute of Management Studies


30 November 2015Submitted
4 August 2016Accepted
6 September 2016Published Online

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10 Jan 2017 16:26

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12 Mar 2021 12:13

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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