Enabling and Managing Authentic Experiences: The High-Class Escort Sector in the Netherlands

Welmoed Van Hoogen, Charles T. Tackney

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In this paper we explore how potentially authentic experiences are brought forth by experience providers on a managerial and individual employee level. We do so by researching the Dutch market sector of high-class, agency-based, female escorts, in which the Girlfriend Experience is offered to clients. Authenticity in the experience is treated as a criterion variable; it being a possible outcome of multiple specified predictors. The findings offer insights into which individual behaviours and managerial efforts need to be in place in market exchange relations to deliver a “commodified authentic experience,” thereby supporting responsible behaviour in the organization and enhancing our practical understanding of the employment sector. Within the Management, Spirituality, and Religion Interest Group domain, the basic philosophical categories we deploy offer a necessary and strategically useful complement to spiritual and religious terminology for “creating a better world together” in pluralistic societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonja Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings


  • AOM Annual Meeting Proceedings 2022
  • AOM Seattle

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