Journal Article

Aligning branding strategies and governance of vertical transactions in agri-food chains

Emmanuel Raynaud, Loïc Sauvée and Egizio Valceschini

in Industrial and Corporate Change

Volume 18, issue 5, pages 835-868
Published in print October 2009 | ISSN: 0960-6491
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtp026
Aligning branding strategies and governance of vertical transactions in agri-food chains

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This article looks at the i\nteractions between branding strategies and governance of vertical transactions. Branding strategy refers to the choice of information provided to consumers through a brand name. Governance refers to contractual agreements organizing transactions in vertical chains. We build on the logic of transaction costs economics to analyze these interactions. We provide an empirical analysis based on case studies to illustrate how governance structures are aligned with branding strategies. We show that the governance will depend on the salience of transactions. Critical or quality-relevant transactions are more tightly controlled than the others. We also explore the consequences of our results for the alignment principle described in Oliver Williamson's work.

Journal Article.  13575 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Industrial History ; Business History ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Industry Studies

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