Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing
Purpose Previous studies have investigated the influence strategy-economic satisfaction links within a pairwise framework. This study aims to reexamine this issue in a network context from both the structural and relational embeddedness perspectives. Design/methodology/approach An ego network approach in which the network consists of a focal distributor, other distributors and alternate manufacturers is adopted to measure the distributor's network. Drawing on data from 124 distributors from China's tire industry, a hierarchical multiple regression analysis is used to test the hypotheses. Findings The empirical results find a positive relationship between a manufacturer's noncoercive influence strategies and the distributor's economic satisfaction and an inverse U-shaped relationship between coercive influence strategies and economic satisfaction. It discusses the joint effects of coercive and noncoercive influence strategies and finds that the former mitigate the positive effects of the latter and that the latter flatten the inverse-U shaped effect of the former. Further, when a distributor spans rich structural holes, the effects of coercive and noncoercive influence strategies on economic satisfaction weaken. When a distributor has strong ties with its network members, the effects of noncoercive influence strategies are mitigated, while the effects of coercive influence strategies are enhanced. Practical implications This study provides implications for manufacturers, particularly concerning how to properly exert influence strategies to improve distributors' economic satisfaction. Manufacturers should consider the attributes of the networks in which the distributors are embedded, involving structural holes and tie strength. They should also carefully use the two influence strategies simultaneously. Originality/value This study contributes to the influence strategy literature by incorporating a network perspective by empirically examining the different moderating effects of structural holes and tie strength; provides a new and powerful explanation for the effects that coercive influence strategies have on economic satisfaction by testing an inverse U-shaped effect; and examines the effects of the interaction of two strategies.
This case describes the process of entering the Chinese market by Capillary Technologies, an Indian software company that provides cloud-based omnichannel customer engagement and related services for retailers and brands. Capillary represents a high level of ambition: in a country that was well known for software service companies (based primarily on labor cost advantages), it was founded as a business-to-business (B2B) software product company (thus one developing intellectual property). After entering several Western markets, which was consistent with the venture's lofty aspirations, the venture's leadership came to the view that the firm was better placed to pursue Asian markets. The new venture relocated its headquarters from India to Singapore, and made strong efforts to gain revenue in the Asia region — including the large but intensely competitive Chinese market. The case describes how, under the leadership of its China General Manager based in Shanghai, Capillary Technologies started off by working with Western multinationals that were its customers in other markets, then began attracting local customers as it established a Chinese technology team to cater to the unique technological ecosystems prevalent in China. Over a three-year period, Capillary achieved 200% growth per annum. The case concludes by noting the opening of a new office in Guangzhou as Capillary seeks to further deepen its presence in the Chinese market.
Customer Relationship Management System