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Understanding managers' marketing strategy choice in a collaborative competition industry

journal contribution
posted on 05.11.2021, 13:50 authored by Jie MengJie Meng, Roger A Layton
Purpose: Competition and cooperation co-exist in various sub-fields of organizational strategies, while a research gap remains in the links between how managers perceive their cognitive relations with rival partners and how they choose a strategy. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how different focuses of competition and cooperation are put in core and supportive strategic importance based on business manager's individual perception toward a particular rivalling cognition. Design/methodology/approach: A conceptual model is developed composed by several hypotheses. An empirical study is conducted by analysing data collected from 89 pharmacies, including public hospital pharmacies and community service, private chain retailing pharmacy, and independent pharmacies, out of hundreds of outlets in a capital city in China to test hypotheses. By using factor analysis and correlation analysis, several hypotheses are supported in linking competitive cognition with either core marketing strategies or supportive marketing strategies. Findings: Observational results indicate that large and small pharmacies, motivated by relational perceptions among competitors, tend to rely selectively on some strategic tools of competition and cooperation in terms of their different business nature. Practical implications: These results are valuable for business managers in the healthcare industry, enabling them to rethink their relations with strategic partners and their strategies. Originality/value: The paper's findings enrich understanding of how a competing environment influences strategic orientation of competition and cooperation under a collaborative marketing framework.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

European Business Review

Volume

23

Issue

5

Pages

477 - 501

Publisher

Emerald

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Emerald Group Publishing

Publication date

2011-08-30

Copyright date

2011

ISSN

0955-534X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Jie Meng. Deposit date: 4 November 2021