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Channel Extension Strategies: The Crucial Roles of Internal Capabilities and Customer Lock-In

abstract This study addresses the important but yet unresolved question of how firms can create com-petitive advantage from their multichannel marketing strategy. More specifically, the authors investigate the antecedents of channel extension strategies and their performance implications. Results from an empirical study including top managers from 308 firms indicate that in addi-tion to environmental factors, a firm's channel expansion is directly related to its strategic channel management capability, and that this capability is more important in turbulent envi-ronments. Furthermore the study reveals that firms need an appropriate customer lock-in strategy to benefit from the addition of novel channel types or traditional channel expansion.
   
type journal paper
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2-2012
journal European Retail Research
publisher Springer Gabler (Wiesbaden)
ISSN 1867-8785
DOI 10.1007/978-3-8349-4237-1_3
volume of journal 26
number of issue 01/2012
page(s) 43-70
review double-blind review
   
citation Binder, J., Herhausen, D., Pernet, N., & Schögel, M. (2012). Channel Extension Strategies: The Crucial Roles of Internal Capabilities and Customer Lock-In. European Retail Research, 26(01/2012), 43-70, DOI:10.1007/978-3-8349-4237-1_3.