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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Business Review, Volume 13, Issue 5, October 2004, Pages 539–553
Global account management (GAM), a collaborative process between a multinational customer and a multinational supplier by which the worldwide buying–selling activities are centrally coordinated between the two organizations, has become a critical task for many multinational corporations. A framework for determining GAM dyadic strategic performance and joint profits is introduced. In this framework, three GAM-related capabilities determine GAM performance. These capabilities are Collaborative Orientation, GAM Strategic Fit, and GAM Configuration. In an attempt to establish a research agenda on GAM issues, we develop propositions for each construct. This conceptual framework should help improve understanding of GAM as a dyadic phenomenon and provide a platform on which future empirical study can be conducted. At a practical level, this framework serves as the basis for formulating GAM strategies.
There is a growing recognition that globalization has driven customer–supplier activities to expand across national markets in order to create dyadic competitive advantage and superior financial performance. Multinational corporations (MNCs) have now developed global account management (GAM) relationships that are highly complex, coordination-intensive, and especially powerful strategies to achieve above-normal profits (Toulan, Birkinshaw, & Arnold, 2002). GAM relationship is defined here as a collaborative process between a multinational customer and its multinational supplier where the worldwide buying–selling activities are coordinated centrally by specialized managers within these two organizations (Montgomery & Yip, 2000). GAM is especially powerful in that the two partners involved in GAM are often influential organizations with a prevailing impact on their own industries (Wilson, Speare, & Reese, 2002). The success of a GAM relationship is contingent on a myriad of idiosyncratic investments from two organizations, worldwide coordination efforts by specialized people within these firms, and the enormous efficiency therefore generated. The emerging significance of GAM in business practice accentuates the need for deeper knowledge about how to formulate effective GAM relationships. Yet, research in this field has been scarce and GAM knowledge remains limited. In particular, the theoretical work that can help explain the success of GAM is scant, which undermines the development of GAM practices. Thus, there is an urgent need for research that would spur significant theoretical development and practical applications. The current research is intended to address the theoretical shortcomings of the literature, and is motivated primarily by the real-world phenomenon that some GAM relationships perform better than others. There are successful GAM relationships and many failed ones in the marketplace. As an example, a one-year close collaboration between Xerox and BMW created a personalized “print-on-demand” owner’s manual solution. The new user manual is 80% thinner than the traditional one, with which BMW was able to eliminate storage and shipping cost and increase its customer satisfaction rate (Jeannet & Hennessey, 2003). There are also examples of unsuccessful GAM relationships, as such relationships may bear significant risks of failure. In fact, few dyads have mastered the necessary capabilities that can enable GAM collaboration to produce increased profits for each party (Arnold, Birkinshaw and Toulan, 2001 and Day, 1994). For example, Computer Corporations, a US-based manufacturer, saw its global agreement with a major global account in the financial services sector fall apart, because other subsidiaries of this customer learned that the German subsidiary had obtained a price below the minimum specified in the global agreement with Computer Corporations. To make matters worse, the German subsidiary eventually purchased much less from Computer Corporations than promised. Meanwhile, a number of the purchased units were suspected to be exported to Eastern Europe by a gray marketing channel (Arnold et al., 2001). These examples raise an important question of why some organizations are much better than others at managing a GAM relationship. More importantly, what GAM-related capabilities lead to its success? The conceptual foundation for the current research is derived from the resource-based view (RBV) that claims the competitive advantage of an organization is obtained from its heterogeneous resources that are valuable, inimitable, nontransferable, and durable (Amit and Schoemaker, 1993 and Barney, 1991). Dyer and Singh (1998) suggested a relational view of RBV by further arguing that a firm’s critical resources can extend across its boundaries and be embedded in inter-firm routines; therefore a pair within a network becomes an important unit of analysis. Adopting their relational view, we focus on the dyad as the unit of analysis. Specifically, we argue that the sources of GAM competitive advantage are inter-organizational capabilities, which are defined as the complex bundles of knowledge and skill deeply embedded in inter-organizational routines and processes and deployed through the joint idiosyncratic contributions of the specific GAM partners ( Day, 1994 and Dyer and Singh, 1998). Our synthesis of the literature and in-depth interviews with managers help us delineate three distinctive capabilities in the context of GAM. These are collaborative orientation, strategic fit, and the GAM configuration. Collaborative Orientation refers to a set of beliefs and mindsets cultivated in the interactions of two organizations and deeply embedded in their inter-organizational processes, which puts the mutual benefits first, while not excluding the interests of two organizations, in order to develop a long-term profitable relationship ( Day and Van den Bulte, 2002 and Deshpande, Farley and Webster, 1993). GAM Strategic Fit refers to a high level of agreement or consistency of global strategies applied by two organizations ( Toulan, Birkinshaw and Arnold, 2002 and Van de Ven and Drazin, 1985). GAM Configuration refers to the supporting organization structure, incentives, human resources, and information system from two parties—all of which provide an infrastructure for the GAM relationship. ( Day & Van den Bulte, 2002). In contrast to the traditional relationship marketing literature where the focus is on asymmetric relationship (Subramani & Venkatraman, 2003), such as how the dominant focal manufacturers safeguard their relationship-specific investments against the opportunistic behavior of their suppliers (e.g., Buvik and John, 2000, Heide and John, 1990, Jap, 1999 and Selnes and Sallis, 2003) or their distributors/retailers (e.g., Jap and Ganesan, 2000 and Murry and Heide, 1998), the current research explores management interactions between large MNCs. While useful in understanding inter-firm relationships, the constructs commonly used in the relationship marketing literature are not specific to the GAM context. As a result, new constructs, such as GAM-related capabilities, have to be employed to better delineate the determinants of GAM performance. The current research is based primarily on in-depth interviews with leading suppliers who are influential manufacturers in their industries and have active GAM programs in place. The three focal constructs, i.e., collaborative orientation, GAM strategic fit, and GAM configuration are derived from the relevant literature, such as customer orientation (Day, 1994 and Deshpande, Farley and Webster, 1993), global strategy (Birkinshaw, Toulan and Arnold, 2001, Zou and Cavusgil, 1996 and Zou and Cavusgil, 2002), and traditional account management research (Homburg, Workman, & Jensen, 2002). We synthesize the interview findings with a broad literature review in order to provide a conceptual framework for GAM practices and lay out a theoretical foundation for future empirical studies. However, the purpose of this article is not only to delineate actionable propositions, but also to explore new issues in this field and call for future research on the GAM relationship.1 The remainder of this article is organized as follows. First, we briefly review the existing GAM research to highlight how our integrative model can enrich the understanding of GAM. We then derive relevant constructs from the resource-based view. Finally, we close with a commentary on the theoretical and managerial merits of the proposed integrative model.