Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2005

Abstract

In his interesting paper, Martin Hingley makes a few key observations about power and role accorded to it in the relationship marketing literature that has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Fundamentally, the article states that the relationship marketing view sees power as alien to effective relationships, as negating cooperation, and as the antithesis of trust. In other words, power in a relationship is ‘‘only viewed in a negative sense’’. Or, alternatively, power is viewed as not important enough to include in relationship marketing models because firms have moved from transactional exchanges to relational exchange. It is contended by the relationship marketing literature that as adversarial and arms-length dealings have been replaced by close partnerships and long-term commitments, power (especially power imbalance) has no place in these latter type of relationships. The article quotes my research as supporting some of these conclusions. In this paper I will argue that my conclusions about power in channel relationships are a bit more nuanced than the above description. And, my view of power is actually sympathetic of Hingley’s main thesis that power is central to channel relationships and that effective partnerships have both cooperative (positive-sum) and competitive (zero-sum) dimensions. Furthermore, despite central tendencies favouring the rise of trust and commitment under conditions of high mutual dependence, it is possible to see trusting relationships associated with asymmetric power structures.

Keywords

marketing channel relationships, interdependence, meta-analysis, trust

Discipline

Marketing | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Marketing

Publication

Industrial Marketing Management

Volume

34

Issue

8

First Page

863

Last Page

866

ISSN

0019-8501

Identifier

10.1016/j.indmarman.2005.02.003

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2005.02.003

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