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Paper info: ADAPTATION OUTCOMES IN TRIADIC RELATIONSHIP SETTINGS - Case studies in business travel management

Title


ADAPTATION OUTCOMES IN TRIADIC RELATIONSHIP SETTINGS - Case studies in business travel management

Authors


Anne Holma
Hanken School of Economics
Finland
Anne Holma

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 25th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2009.

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Abstract


Based on the ARA framework by the IMP group, this study discusses adaptation outcomes in triadic B2B service relationships in three levels: actor, dyad and triad levels. The study is embedded in the business travel industry, and the core triads consist of the corporate buyer, its travel management company (TMC) and service supplier partners. The findings of retrospective case studies indicate structure-reinforcing triad outcomes, even though actor outcomes are not always positive for all the three parties. In dyad level, the adaptation outcomes are mainly generative, and the TMC strengthens its position in the triads. Supplier-TMC and supplier-buyer dyads remained mainly unchanged.The study links the dyads to the wider network by incorporating three actors in the research setting. It also shifts the focus of adaptation research to service industry. Furthermore, it provides concepts and classifications to describe adaptation and relationship development in dyadic and in triadic business relationships. Managerial implications involve relationship development in ongoing service supply and sourcing processes.
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