Is the Seven-Year Hitch Premature in Industrial Markets?

Barnes, Bradley R. (2005) Is the Seven-Year Hitch Premature in Industrial Markets? European Journal of Marketing, 39 (5/6). pp. 560-584. ISSN 0309-0566. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Purpose – The paper reports on an exploratory study aimed at analysing a series of independent variables derived from international industrial marketing and channel management literature. Design/methodology/approach – The respondents represent a number of dyadic business-to-business relationships of different duration, and involve firms of different size (multinational enterprise buyers and their corresponding medium sized enterprise suppliers). Findings – Initial findings support much of the extant literature on relationship marketing, demonstrating that certain aspects of a relationship tend to change over time. In particular, the study revealed that: there is a high degree of optimism associated with dyadic relationships at early stages, and these are characterised by both parties having high initial perceptions of the relationship; in mid-term relationships some negativity maybe apparent, where certain aspects regress; and in long-term situations, there is a tendency for relationships to be well structured, and these are particularly highly perceived among both exchange parties. Research limitations/implications – The research approach shares those benefits as well as limitations associated with earlier empirical investigations. That is a trade-off in favour of undertaking dyadic exploration, than administering large samples and data sets. As a consequence of the sample size, some caution should be exercised when interpreting these findings. Practical implications – Firms need to pay particular attention to relationships of differing time duration. This is because specific aspects of relationships may not develop in a uniform direction. Originality/value – The research attempts to unravel the complexities and difficulties associated with obtaining data of a dyadic perspective for a significant number of relationships of different length. Such studies that map the evolvement of buyer-seller relations over time are rare.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Relationship marketing, Business-to-business marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: B.R. Barnes
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2008 13:39
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 15:25
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9230 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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