Exercising power in asymmetric relationships : the use of private rules

Rindt, Jekaterina and Mouzas, Stefanos (2015) Exercising power in asymmetric relationships : the use of private rules. Industrial Marketing Management, 48. pp. 202-213. ISSN 0019-8501

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This study investigates the use of private rules in exercising power in asymmetric business relationships. In asymmetric business relationships, the stronger party is likely to be able to dominate and exercise power over the conclusion of contracts and, thereby determine the processes and outcomes of the relationship. The study demonstrates how companies exercise their power in asymmetric relationships through private rules. Private rules are typically expressed in the General Terms and Conditions of Trade (GTCT) of the more powerful actor in a business relationship and are continually adapted to changing business and market requirements. Drawing on an empirical investigation in the German grocery retail business conducted in the years between 2011 and 2013, the present study demonstrates that power is exercised by the stronger parties through intervention-enforcement-sanctioning practices that are codified in private rules. Private rules frame, standardize and legitimize the terms and conditions under which exchanges among counterparts may take place thus institutionalizing the inherent power asymmetry.

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Industrial Marketing Management
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This is the green version of this article. This article has been accepted for publication in the Industrial Marketing Management. For future citations and reference, the reader must consult the original version of this manuscript available on Science Direct as of April 1st, 2015. The full reference of this article is: Rindt, J., & Mouzas, S. (2015, in press). Exercising power in asymmetric relationships: The use of private rules, Industrial Marketing Management. doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2015.03.018
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