Factors of determining long-term orientation in interfirm relationships

Sungmin Ryu, Jeong Eun Park, Soonhong Min

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Abstract

Marketers have witnessed a paradigm shift in which establishing, maintaining, and forging long-term buyer-seller relationships are considered the core of marketing activities. Accordingly, investigating a long-term orientation (LTO) has become a steady research stream in the marketing literature. Building on this on-going research stream, this study confirms that an essential precursor of a manufacturer's LTO is trust that, in turn, is formed by relational norms and satisfaction with supplier performance. Interestingly, however, the seemingly strong trust-LTO path is moderated by both power asymmetry and environmental uncertainty in buyer-seller relationships. The empirical findings suggest that regardless of emerging relationship marketing where buyer and seller are portrayed as parts of a team, power is still in use to control suppliers. In addition, a manufacturer facing uncertainty is less likely to form LTO toward its supplier for fear of losing flexibility in the time- and quality-based competition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1233
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume60
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1

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Long-term orientation
Interfirm relationships
Factors
Suppliers
Buyer-seller relationships
Marketing
Environmental uncertainty
Uncertainty
Marketers
Seller
Marketing activities
Supplier performance
Relational norms
Buyers
Paradigm shift
Asymmetry

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Ryu, Sungmin ; Park, Jeong Eun ; Min, Soonhong. / Factors of determining long-term orientation in interfirm relationships. In: Journal of Business Research. 2007 ; Vol. 60, No. 12. pp. 1225-1233.
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