Construction of meanings in business relationships and networks

Antonella La Rocca, Ivan Snehota, Carlotta Trabattoni

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to address an issue related to the role of interaction processes in the development of customer-supplier relationships in business markets. Design/methodology/approach Focusing on the role of cognition in interaction behaviours in business relationships, the authors examine two research streams that offer perspectives on interaction processes akin to the IMP – the socio-cognitive perspective and the practice-based approach to markets and marketing. Findings The two research streams analysed contribute to understanding the link between cognition and interaction behaviours by pointing to the construction of meanings as an important factor in interaction behaviours and indicating storytelling as a tool to construct meanings among the actors. Originality/value This paper is among the few studies that focus the attention on communication processes in business relationships and networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-176
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • construction of meaning, b2b marketing, storytelling, business relationships, interaction behaviors, interactive communication


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