There is considerable evidence that in business markets relationships matter. Firms tend to depend on a limited number of relationships to customers and suppliers. Coping in these involves costs but relationships can result in significant benefits. That has lead to the great effort recently put by scholars in conceptualizing and assessing the “value” of business relationships. Yet, the conceptualizations of relationship value remain elusive and their impact on the practice has only been limited. In this paper we return to the concept of relationship value. We report results from two studies of value perceptions by customer and suppliers in the ICT Security market. On bases of these we argue that value judgments by the parties involved are situation specific, subjective and changing as interaction between the parties unfolds and their context perceptions evolve. Consequently we argue that the main factor of the perceived relationship value is the cognitive elaboration by the parties involved rather than the actual characteristics of the relationships and their content.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||4th Proceedings International Conference on Business Market Management|
|Numero di pagine||14|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2009|
|Evento||International Conference on Business Market Management - Copenhagen|
Durata: 18 mar 2012 → 20 mar 2012
|Convegno||International Conference on Business Market Management|
|Periodo||18/3/12 → 20/3/12|