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Positioning of new brands in an experiment

  • Vera Hofer


  • Klaus Ladner


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    This paper deals with an experimental investigation of positioning new brands. For this purpose, a management game was carried out with students. The brands introduced in the cause of the game were analysed in respect to their positions in a two-dimensional feature space. We try to find out which of the two strategies, niche policy and imitation, is more frequently used in complex decision situations and if there is a difference in profits. Furthermore, we want to find out, whether differences of prices and advertising exist in our experiment depending on the positioning strategy used. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2006

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    Article provided by Springer & Slovak Society for Operations Research & Hungarian Operational Research Society & Czech Society for Operations Research & Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR) & Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research & Croatian Operational Research Society in its journal Central European Journal of Operations Research.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 435-454

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:cejnor:v:14:y:2006:i:4:p:435-454
    DOI: 10.1007/s10100-006-0015-6
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