Using segmentation to compete in the age of the sharing economy: testing a core-periphery framework
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Citation (published version)Makarand Mody, Courtney Suess, Xinran Lehto. 2019. "Using segmentation to compete in the age of the sharing economy: Testing a core-periphery framework." International Journal of Hospitality Management, Volume 78, pp. 199 - 213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.09.003
Airbnb has emerged as a credible competitive threat to the hotel industry. Consequently, hotel brands are having to rethink the experiences they provide to customer in an increasingly competitive environment. Despite these trends in the industry, experience-related research that examines and informs these developments remains under-represented in the hospitality and tourism literature. The present study offers a systematic approach to examine the potential differences in experiential consumption in the accommodations industry. Using a multiple-group analysis approach, it examines the moderating effects of individual characteristics and situational factors on the nature and dynamics of experiential consumption in the accommodations industry. The findings of the study culminate in the core-periphery framework of the hospitality consumption experience that can provide a relevant theoretical lens for future research into the different sectors and types of experiences within the hospitality and tourism industry. The study also outlines important implications for the hotel industry’s strategic experience design initiatives, from the standpoint of product development, the segmentation, targeting and positioning (STP) process, and marketing communications.