Relationship value: Drivers and outcomes in international marketing channels

Skarmeas, Dionysis, Zeriti, Athina and Baltas, George (2016) Relationship value: Drivers and outcomes in international marketing channels. Journal of International Marketing, 24 (1). pp. 22-40. ISSN 1069-031X

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Although collaborative business arrangements based on relationship marketing have become ubiquitous over the past decades, research studies of relationship value in international marketing channels are scarce. Drawing on the relational view of competitive advantage, this study investigates the drivers of relationship value in exporter–importer relationships and its impact on customer loyalty. The study findings reveal that relationship-specific investments, knowledge sharing, complementary capabilities, and relational norms are powerful contributors of importer-perceived value in an overseas supplier relationship. Importantly, exporter cultural sensitivity weakens the negative effect of psychic distance on relationship value; when cultural sensitivity is low, psychic distance takes on greater importance in attenuating relationship value, whereas when cultural sensitivity is high, psychic distance has no discernible effect. In addition, the results demonstrate that relationship value results in insensitivity to competitive offerings and future purchase expansion. The article concludes with a discussion of implications for international marketing theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: relationship value,psychic distance,cultural sensitivity,international distribution channels,relational view of competitive advantage
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:46
DOI: 10.1509/jim.15.0065


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