Introducing Structuration Theory in Communal Consumption Behavior Research

Qualitative Market Research -- An International Journal, 2008

33 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2015 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018

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René Algesheimer

University of Zurich

Călin Gurău

GSCM-Montpellier Business School

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Date Written: 2008


Category of paper: Conceptual paper: existing theoretical ideas are connected to state of the art methods.

Purpose: In community research there is a large gap between theoretical developments and empirical proves. Especially in micro-macro contexts, where the interaction between micro (the community member) and macro (the community) level variables have significant effects, no comprehensive theoretical approach that explicitly frames micro-macro phenomena has been considered in empirical methodology. This study attempts to present a multilevel theoretical framework which explains the complex interrelationship of various elements that shape consumption experience and market institutions.

Design: Based on practical questions related to community research, where individuals act in communal contexts, shape the community and are influenced by the community, the importance of studying micro-macro phenomena are discussed. These preliminaries form assumptions that are integrated into theoretical and methodological developments. It is shown how structuration approaches meet the assumptions on communal consumption research and how multilevel analyses fit into the assumptions that are raised by the structuration approach.

Findings: The paper develops and presents a multilevel model, which represents the interplay among various cultural levels that influence consumption experience and the evolution of consumption trends. This model proposes a theoretical framework which explains structuration in consumer research contexts.

Value: Academics can use this study to understand the link between communal consumption theory to methodology. They have access to a research framework that integrates micro-macro effects and receive some ideas on possible structures and variables they can analyze. Practitioners learn that within communal research consumption patterns do not only influence individuals, they also determines the community’s structure that in turn shapes the behaviour of its members.

Keywords: context, community, multilevel analysis, social influence, structuration

Suggested Citation

Algesheimer, René and Gurău, Călin, Introducing Structuration Theory in Communal Consumption Behavior Research (2008). Qualitative Market Research -- An International Journal, 2008, Available at SSRN:

René Algesheimer (Contact Author)

University of Zurich ( email )

Department of Business Administration
Andreasstrasse 15
Zurich, 8050


Călin Gurău

GSCM-Montpellier Business School ( email )

2300, Avenue des Moulins
Montpellier, 34185

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