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Strategic Interaction With Multiple Tools: A New Empirical Model

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  • Richards, Timothy J.
  • Patterson, Paul M.

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The Lanchester model of strategic interaction typically considers only two-firm rivalry and one strategic tool. This paper presents an alternative that considers rivalry among several firms using multiple tools. Marketing decisions are dynamically optimal and use equations of motion for market share that are consistent with optimal consumer choice. Using a single-market case study that consists of five years of monthly data on ready to eat cereal sales, advertising, product development investments and new product introductions, we test our model against a similar Lanchester specification. Non-nested specification tests fail to reject the proposed model, but reject the Lanchester alternative.

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Paper provided by Arizona State University, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management in its series Working Papers with number 28545.

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Keywords: advertising; brands; cereal; dynamic; Lanchester; oligopoly; strategic interaction.; Marketing;

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