Patterns of channel relationship management in China

Y. P. Wang, H. Liu

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This study explores relational exchanges between foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) and local third party distributors in China. Thirty-six interviews combining with 4 case studies were undertaken. Different relationship patterns between the relational constructs of intra-channel conflict, power, channel relationship and performance from those in Western countries have been identified. Channel relationship is positively related to distributor's performance. Formalized business relationships tend to have a positive effect on performance, and over-reliance on interpersonal relationships can impede channel effectiveness. Negative coercion (i.e., threats) negatively effects channel relationships and results in worse channel performance, while the use of non-threatening coercive power sources (i.e., Promise and Legalistic Pleas) contributes to channel performance. Implications for researchers and practitioners have been discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Euromarketing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Channel relationship
  • China
  • Distributor performance
  • Foreign invested enterprise


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