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Paper info: Relationship Attractors: Distinguishing Between Stable and Transient Relationship Atmospheres using the IRRP data base

Title


Relationship Attractors: Distinguishing Between Stable and Transient Relationship Atmospheres using the IRRP data base

Authors


Charles Wong,
Ian Wilkinson
University of Sydney
Australia
Ian Wilkinson and
Louise Young
University of Western Sydney
Australia
Louise Young

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


Business relations are complex adaptive systems that are co-produced through the interactions of the parties involved over time. Any sample of relations at a particular time comprises a mix of relations of some which have reached stable attractors while others are in transition. We report the results of a cluster analysis of buyer-seller relations, based on measures of relationship atmosphere, in which stable versus transient or unstable relations are distinguished and the resulting clusters are compared and interrelated. The data comes from the Interfirm Relations Research Program and includes seller and buyer perceptions of relations. We show that, not unexpectedly, there are more types of unstable relationship atmospheres than stable ones and we examine the nature of the transition paths suggested by our results.