Framework for relationships and networks

Maria de Lurdes Veludo (Bordeaux Ecole de Management, ISLI – Institut Superieur de Logistique Industrielle, Bordeaux, France)
Douglas Macbeth (Centre for Supply Chain Management, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)
Sharon Purchase (School of Business, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Publication date: 1 June 2006



The paper seeks to provide a framework for analyzing business relationships and networks within organizational, spatial, relational and network contexts.


A single case study method is applied to highlight the applicability of the relationship/network framework applying. The case was a large multinational organization, with this research focusing on its European subsidiaries. Business relationships and the industrial network into which the case firm is embedded provided many different types of relationships to analyze.


The results highlight how the different types of relationships can be analyzed using the framework. The framework proved useful for all types of relationships raised in the case study.

Research limitations/implications

The method used a single case study, and further testing with other cases would highlight the generalizability of the framework.

Practical implications

The framework is a useful tool to assist managers when analyzing the variety of relationships and industrial networks in which they currently operate.


The paper fills a need to develop approaches to analyze business relationships and the networks in which they are embedded.



de Lurdes Veludo, M., Macbeth, D. and Purchase, S. (2006), "Framework for relationships and networks", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 199-207.

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