Title

The Role of Selfishness in Buyer-Seller Realationships

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

MCB UP Ltd

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Public Management

School

School of Accounting, Finance and Business Economics

RAS ID

484

Comments

Palmer, A. (2002). The role of selfishness in buyer-seller relationships. Marketing Intelligence & Planning, 20(1), 22-27.

Abstract

Co‐operation is implicit in attempts to create ongoing buyer‐seller relationships, yet Darwinian theories have stressed the self‐centredness of man and social commentators have observed a trend away from collectivism towards individualism. Relationship marketing represents a dynamic tension between the forces of individualism and collectivism, yet the role of individualism and selfishness is relatively unexplored. This paper presents theoretical frameworks for their study. Impacts of selfishness on relationship marketing are discussed and suggestions made for how firms may reconcile selfishness with co‐operative strategies. It is argued that selfishness may be crucial to successful relationships and may produce greater economic welfare than pervasive collectivism.

DOI

10.1108/02634500210414738

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1108/02634500210414738