Assessing the quality of any relationship has remained a problematic issue in spite of the recognized importance of relationships within business-to-business marketing, and this paper attempts to redress this shortcoming. Working with a group of 40 executives, and utilizing conjoint analysis, we explore this complex area by first identifying five underlying dimensions of high quality business-to-business relationships: trust; needs fulfilment; supply chain integration; power; and profit. Our preliminary results indicate that there is no one measure of just what constitutes a good relationship. Rather, there are potentially four different types of "good" relationship, each composed of different blends of these five attributes.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Industrial Marketing Management|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2000|