Title page for ETD etd-71798-165714

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Gao, Tao Jr.
Author's Email Address tgao@vt.edu
URN etd-71798-165714
Title Effects of Relationship Quality on Customer Perceived Value in Organizational Purchasing
Degree PhD
Department Marketing
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sirgy, M. Joseph Committee Chair
Bird, Monroe Murphy Committee Member
Brinberg, David L. Committee Member
Brown, James R. Committee Member
  • Organizational Purchasing
  • Perceived Value
  • Relationship Quality
  • Customer
  • NAPM
Date of Defense 1998-08-03
Availability restricted
Research and practitioners alike have underscored the importance of customer value creation in marketing. For any marketing practice to be successful, it must first create value for customers. This is also true for the practice of relationship marketing, which is enjoying popularity among organizational marketers. However, there has been a lack of research done on the predictive effects of relationship marketing constructs in relation to buyer perceived value in organizational marketing. In other words, we still know little about the mechanism through which a good relationship enhances customer perceived value.

The primary purpose of this study is to conceptually develop and empirically test a model that explains how the quality of a buyer-supplier relationship affects the buyer's value judgment in an organizational purchasing context. In the study, relationship quality is defined as comprising three different but mutually reinforcing dimensions: mutual trust, mutual commitment, and interdependence. Perceived value is conceptualized as an overall assessment of the utility of an offering based on the benefits and costs of accepting an offering.

The conceptual model specifies the several routes through which relationship quality impacts buyer perceived value. First, a good relationship increases relationship benefits and reduces relationship costs, which in turn influences customer value perception - the higher the relationship benefits (and lower relationship costs), the higher the customer perceived value. Second, a good relationship reduces decision-making uncertainty. Lower decision-making uncertainty is hypothesized to increase the effects of perceived purchase episode benefits and perceived purchase episode costs on perceived value. The model was generally confirmed by an empirical test based on data collected from a national sample of purchasing managers in the United States.

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