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The rise and fall of channel management

The rise and fall of channel management Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the shifting perspectives on the organising and the managing of “distribution”, characterised as channels, systems or networks. Design/methodology/approach– The paper is based on a review of previous research, identifying three periods featuring diverse conceptualisations: the early distribution literature, the channel management perspective and today’s network approaches. Findings– The study shows that the early literature relied on holistic framings. This perspective was replaced by the narrower channel management view, influenced by concepts from two evolving approaches: marketing management and behavioural/social schools-of-thought. Changing business conditions eroded the basis for channel management and paid the way for current arrangements, featuring network-like conditions. Originality/value– Several reviews of distribution have been published, primarily focusing on the specific features of the perspectives applied. This paper emphasises dynamic aspects by attempting to explain how and why new perspectives emerge and the reasons for their reduced significance over time. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png IMP Journal Emerald Publishing

The rise and fall of channel management

IMP Journal , Volume 10 (1): 25 – Mar 14, 2016

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2059-1403
DOI
10.1108/IMP-06-2015-0021
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Abstract

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the shifting perspectives on the organising and the managing of “distribution”, characterised as channels, systems or networks. Design/methodology/approach– The paper is based on a review of previous research, identifying three periods featuring diverse conceptualisations: the early distribution literature, the channel management perspective and today’s network approaches. Findings– The study shows that the early literature relied on holistic framings. This perspective was replaced by the narrower channel management view, influenced by concepts from two evolving approaches: marketing management and behavioural/social schools-of-thought. Changing business conditions eroded the basis for channel management and paid the way for current arrangements, featuring network-like conditions. Originality/value– Several reviews of distribution have been published, primarily focusing on the specific features of the perspectives applied. This paper emphasises dynamic aspects by attempting to explain how and why new perspectives emerge and the reasons for their reduced significance over time.

Journal

IMP JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 14, 2016

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