How firms relate to their markets: An empirical examination of contemporary marketing practices

Nicole E. Coviello, Roderick J. Brodie, Peter J. Danaher, Wesley J. Johnston

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The authors examine 308 firms in the United States and four other Western countries to understand how different types of firms relate to their markets. Comparative analysis shows that though there is some support for consumer and goods firms being more transactional and business and service firms being more relational, there are many exceptions. The results also show that firms can be grouped into those whose marketing practices are predominantly transactional, predominantly relational, or a transactional/relational hybrid. Each group constitutes approximately one-third of the sample and includes all types of firms (consumer goods, consumer services, business-to-business goods, and business-to-business services). This suggests that marketing practices are pluralistic and managerial practice has not shifted from transactional to relational approaches per se.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marketing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

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