Timing co-creation: A reward-based crowdfunding perspective

Haryani Primanti, Arnold Japutra, Sebastiaan van Doorn, Irwan Adi Ekaputra, Sri Rahayu Hijrah Hati

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Reward-based crowdfunding provides a rich arena for co-creation, where different types of dialogues between backers and project initiators aid crowdfunding performance. Nevertheless, research on how backers' co-creation, in the form of comments, influences crowdfunding performance is still scarce. Based on signaling theory, this research investigates the impact of backers' specific co-creation comments (we coded comments for co-ideation, co-evaluation, and co-design) on crowdfunding performance. The present study also examines whether the timing of posting co-creation comments influences associated performance benefits. We used a panel dataset of 446 reward-based crowdfunding projects with 7254 observation days. The results show that backers' co-ideation and co-evaluation activity leads to a higher funding amount. Furthermore, the impact of co-ideation is higher for comments made early in the project's lifecycle, while the effect of co-design is wholly contingent on the time of commenting, with early co-design comments contributing negatively to crowdfunding performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1270-1284
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


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