Towards co-created food wellbeing: culinary consumption, braggart word-of-mouth, and the role of participative co-design, service provider support, and C2C interactions

Babak Taheri, Shahab Pourfakhimi, Girish Prayag, Martin Joseph Gannon, Jörg Finsterwalder

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Abstract

Purpose
This study aims to investigate whether the antecedents of co-creation influence braggart word-of-mouth (WoM) in a participative leisure context, theorising the concept of co-created food well-being and highlighting implications for interactive experience co-design.

Design/methodology/approach
A sequential mixed-method approach was used to test a theoretical model; 25 in-depth interviews with cooking class participants were conducted, followed by a post-experience survey (n = 575).

Findings
Qualitative results suggest braggart WoM is rooted in active consumer participation in co-designing leisure experiences. The structural model confirms that participation in value co-creating activities (i.e. co-design, customer-to-customer (C2C) interaction), alongside perceived support from service providers, increases consumer perceptions of co-creation and stimulates braggart WoM. Degree of co-creation and support from peers mediate some relationships.

Research limitations/implications
Limited by cross-sectional data from one experiential consumption format, the results nevertheless demonstrate the role of active participation in co-design and C2C interactions during value co-creation. This implies that co-created and co-designed leisure experiences can intensify post-consumption behaviours and potentially enhance food well-being.

Practical implications
The results highlight that integrating customer participation into service design, while also developing opportunities for peer support on-site, can stimulate braggart WoM.

Originality/value
Extends burgeoning literature on co-creation and co-design in leisure services. By encouraging active customer participation while providing support and facilitating C2C interactions, service providers can enhance value co-creation, influencing customer experiences and food well-being. Accordingly, the concept of co-created food well-being is introduced.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Marketing
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Braggart WoM
  • Co-created food well-being
  • Co-creation
  • Culinary leisure experiences
  • Customer-to-customer interactions
  • Service design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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