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Link loyalty in social networks: an econometric analysis of marketing channel networks in India

Lakshmanasamy T and Anil C ()

International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 2012, vol. 4, issue 5, 501-513

Abstract: Marketing channel is a network of many intermediaries. When it comes to India, they have a lot of mutual interactions compared to what is witnessed in other parts of the world. They are both organised and unorganised structures, but the most interesting feature is that they are largely self-organised. Looking at this from a social network analysis perspective, there has to be some utility base for any link to be formed. In such networks, it is evident that the dealer or retailer expects to link with another for trade. Though profit is the basis, in reality, it is not only the gain, but also various other factors govern the link formation. An attempt is made in this paper to model the link formation based on factors such as commercial, social, trust and information dissemination. An econometric model using the ordered logistic regression is used to estimate the link formation. The econometric results show that players have strong loyalty towards links in terms of social, trust and information factors in the network.

Keywords: social network analysis; social networking; business networks; economic networks; link loyalty; buyer-seller relations; ordered logistic regression; econometric analyses; marketing channels; India; intermediaries; mutual interactions; organised structures; unorganised structures; self-organisation; utility bases; dealers; retailers; profits; link formations; commercial factors; social factors; trust; information dissemination; economics; business research. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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