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The playground effect: How augmented reality drives creative customer engagement

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Alexander Jessen, Tim Hilken, Mathew Chylinski, Dominik Mahr, Jonas Heller, Debbie Isobel Keeling, Ko de Ruyter

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business Research
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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Across various customer experiences, Augmented Reality (AR) is emerging as a strategic experience design tool. This study contributes to an emerging body of research on the use of AR in the early stages of customers’ purchase journeys. Extending previous research, we propose that AR enables a unique form of customer creativity that is distinct from prior conceptualizations of creativity through its association with customer engagement. Specifically, we propose a sequential process of creative customer engagement, in which AR-enabled customer creativity stems from heightened customer engagement and, in turn, offers a source of intrinsic satisfaction for customers. In an experiment with a customer-facing AR application, we empirically demonstrate this sequential mediation process connecting the use of AR with customer engagement, customer creativity, and anticipated satisfaction. We also identify an important boundary condition based on a customer's assessment orientation, suggesting a novel behavioral effect in the context of regulatory mode theory.

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