E. (Elisa) Maira

RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Marketing
Affiliated since 2012

Elisa Maira is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in Marketing at Rotterdam School of Management.

Her research interests are diverse, and lie at the cross of marketing strategy and consumer behaviour. In her main research project, she investigates how consumers react to company acquisitions. In her other two projects, she studies consumer as producers. In particular, she looks at the motivating effect of providing the producer with sales feedback and of disclosing information about the customer.

Elisa holds a MSc in Marketing Management (cum laude) from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). Prior to joining Rotterdam School of Management, she worked for two years in the FMCG industry.

Consumers and Producers

In the last few decades, advances in information and communication technology have dramatically changed the way consumers and producers interact in the marketplace. The Internet and social media have torn down the information barrier between producers and consumers, leading to increased transparency. Moreover, while in the past there was a clear distinction between production and consumption of goods, nowadays this distinction is more blurred. Consumers are often involved in the production process of firms, or even create and sell products by themselves. In this dissertation, I examine some consequences of these changes for both consumers and producers.

First, I focus on consumers. Given the enormous availability of information on the Internet, consumers are exposed to information about company strategy that is not immediately relevant for consumption decisions. Here, I investigate how consumer behavior is influenced by exposure to information about company acquisitions. Second, I focus on consumer-producers, consumers who engage in production and online commercialization of goods. I investigate the psychology of consumer-producers, and especially the factors that keep them motivated in spite of scarce economic returns. Finally, I turn to individual producers (e.g., workers in factories). I investigate whether providing personal information about the consumer is a viable intervention for reducing the distance between producers and consumers that characterizes post-industrialized production settings.

By taking the different perspectives of consumers, consumer-producers, and producers, this dissertation uncovers some of the opportunities and challenges introduced by recent advances in information and communication technology.

acquisitions, brand differentiation, brand identity, consumer, producer, prosumer, consumer-producer, co-creation, online marketplaces, feedback, market feedback, labor
Time frame
2012 -
  • E. Maira (2018, februari 23). Consumers and Producers. EUR (205 pag.) Prom./coprom.: prof.dr. S. Puntoni & dr. C. Fuchs.


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T10-07
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

E. Maira (2018, februari 23). Consumers and Producers. EUR (205 pag.) Prom./coprom.: prof.dr. S. Puntoni & dr. C. Fuchs.

Supervisory team

Elisa Maira
Professor of Marketing
Elisa Maira
Associate Professor of Marketing
Daily supervisor