Situational liminality: mis-managed consumer experience in liquid modernity

Izak, Michal (2015) Situational liminality: mis-managed consumer experience in liquid modernity. Scandinavian Journal of Management . ISSN 0956-5221

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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to explore experience economy events from an abductive
interpetivist perspective. The empirical part of the study is based on the self-reflective anthropologic
inquiry method. This study sets out to propose that the awkwardness and setback
experienced by the client, customer or visitor, may generate his/her agency to establish a more
clear-cut construction of the experiential framework. However, if attempted the disambiguation
demands significant emotional and, sometimes, physical labour, typically not undertaken willingly,
and potentially resulting in the subject’s avoidance of exposure to similar experiences in
future. Introducing the notion of ‘situational liminality’, the paper re-focuses the critical edge of
inquiry away from agency-reducing aspects of experience economy, towards reflecting on their
enforced, albeit not deliberate, agency-inducing consequences. By exploring the ‘liquid’ underpinnings
of situational liminality, this study contributes to the ongoing discussion on liquid
modernity in organizational context.

Keywords:experience economy, abduction, situational liminality, disambiguation, experience mismanagement, Liquid modernity, overkill of experience, JCNotOpen
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N590 Marketing not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:14942
Deposited On:15 Sep 2014 11:09

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