A conceptual model was developed of distribution channel members′ manifest conflicts and their satisfaction. From this model, hypotheses are generated, aimed at untangling the causal relationship between these two constructs. Both a meta‐analysis of previous research and this first longitudinal study of distribution channel behaviour in the aircraft industry in North America of distribution channel behaviour uncovered a negative, contemporaneous relationship between satisfaction and conflict. Empirical study in the channel for an industrial product found the effect of channel member satisfaction over time to be mediated by the extent of manifest conflict. The impact of manifest conflict was found to be mediated by the degree of channel member satisfaction. In other words, channel member satisfaction and manifest conflict within the channel were both antecedents and consequences of each other.
Brown, J.R., Lusch, R.F. and Smith, L.P. (1991), "Conflict and Satisfaction in an Industrial Channel of Distribution", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 21 No. 6, pp. 15-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000000390Download as .RIS
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