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Managers' perception of relationship management in heterogeneous markets
2002 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 31, no 6, 535-543 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relationship management holds many promises of becoming a new paradigm in marketing and management. However, the development of relationship marketing is still difficult to accomplish in heterogeneous markets, since different management practices are needed in markets ranging from homogenous segments of customers with the same preferences to customers with individual demands for customized services. This paper investigates managers' perceptions of relationship development in heterogeneous markets. Results from a survey of 135 branch bank managers show that they perceive that the more heterogeneous the market, the more difficult to achieve relationship development. The study also finds that more difficult relationship development leads branch managers to perceive a more centralized locus of realized strategy. This suggests that firm relationship development needs to focus more on customer orientation and that realized strategies need to be at a local level to support this.

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2002. Vol. 31, no 6, 535-543 p.
Keyword [en]
relationship, development, heterogeneity, market, management, business relationships, customer retention, national accounts, commitment, technology, organization, satisfaction, orientation, innovation, strategies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-21809ISI: 000177365900007OAI: diva2:340507
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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