Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Department

Management

First Advisor

Victoria Bush

Second Advisor

John Bentley

Third Advisor

Matthew Shaner

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

In the search for ways to positively influence their well-being, some consumers are turning to acts of voluntary simplicity. Ranging in magnitude, these acts involve intentional reduction of their consumption and dependency in some form. The examination of such activities on one’s well-being begins with the analysis of formal interviews with tiny home owners, who take a holistic approach to voluntary simplicity, towards a framework of typical tiny home owners and discover the motivating factors for such a lifestyle choice. The second step is analyzing how these motivating factors may lead to less holistic activities surrounding voluntary simplicity and their potential to affect one’s well-being. Findings show that concern for a financially secure future and one’s environment are prime motivators for acts of voluntary simplicity, and that these acts do indeed improve the well-being of those engaged in the acts.

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