Re-examining the roles of experience quality at festivals: a comparative analysis using SEM and FSQCA

Parmita Saha, Atanu Nath, Kokho Sit*

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of the study is to re-examine the dimensionality and role of experience quality (EQ) to explain other related factors, namely, perceived value, satisfaction, and behavioral intention. Using dual methodological approaches of fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) and structural equations modeling (SEM), it seeks to establish the EQ’s construct and predictive validity.

Design/methodology/approach – Grounded in cross-sectional and online research design, the present study surveyed 881 attendees of an annual music festival (Malakoff) held in Norway and subjected the quantitative data to SEM and fsQCA.

Findings – Both SEM and fsQCA confirmed the socializing and enjoyment dimensions of EQ, with good validity and reliability, as well as the functional and emotional value dimensions explaining visitors’ perceived value of attending a festival. Both statistical analyses also showed that perceived value derived satisfaction leads to behavioral intention regarding festival visits.

Practical implications – This study provides numerous valuable consequences for festival organizers, or marketers that can aid in developing effective strategies to measure visitors’ perceived quality of experience and numerous practical implications for festival organizers or marketers can help in developing effective strategies to measure visitors’ perceived quality of experience and then increase value perceptions, satisfaction, and behavioral intentions toward attending festivals.

Originality/value – This study is among the first to adopt a dual-dimensional framework to measure EQ in festivals and establish its utility with two statistical approaches (SEM and fsQCA). It also shows the utility of perceived value, initially developed for adventure tourists, to study visitors’ experience with festivals.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Early online date8 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 8 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • experience quality
  • perceived value
  • behavioural intentions
  • fsQCA
  • experiential marketing

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