Managing Switching Costs In Multiperiod Procurements With Strategic Buyers
AbstractThis article examines the use of switching costs by long-lived strategic buyers to manage dynamic competition between rival suppliers. The analysis reveals how buyers may employ switching costs to their advantage. We show that when switching costs are high, a buyer may induce suppliers to price more competitively by credibly threatening to replace the incumbent supplier with his rivals. The implications of this finding for adoption of technology and firm organization are explored in settings in which the buyer is integrated with the suppliers and where the buyer is an outsourcer. Copyright 2005 by the Economics Department Of The University Of Pennsylvania And Osaka University Institute Of Social And Economic Research Association.
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Volume (Year): 46 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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- Lewis, Tracy R. & Yildirim, Huseyin, 2003. "Managing Switching Costs in Multiperiod Procurements with Strategic Buyers," Working Papers 03-04, Duke University, Department of Economics.
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