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Université de Fribourg

Multi-brand loyalty in consumer markets : a qualitatively-driven mixed methods approach

Arifine, Ghizlane ; Felix, Reto ; Furrer, Olivier

(Working Papers SES ; 501)

Purpose—Although multi-brand loyalty (MBL) in consumer markets has been identified in previous brand loyalty research, empirical studies have not yet explored the facets of its different types. This article seeks a deeper understanding of MBL by investigating its different types and facets. Design/methodology/approach—This study uses a sequential, qualitatively-driven mixed method design...

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Measuring cultural intelligence: a new test of the CQ scale

Bücker, Joost‏ J.L.E. ; Furrer, Olivier ; Lin, Yanyan

(Working Papers SES ; 461)

Despite an increasing number of publications on cultural intelligence (CQ), the operationalization and conceptualization of this construct demand further attention. In this replication study among 308 experienced overseas Chinese respondents, a two-dimensional structure seems to better represent the data than the original four-dimensional CQ scale. The results of the analysis identify two new...

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Dynamic capabilities to match multiple product generations and market rhythm

Dacko, Scott G. ; Liu, Ben S ; Sudharshan, D. ; Furrer, Olivier ; Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen ; The Netherlands

In: European Journal of Innovation, 2008, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 441-471

Purpose : The purpose of this paper is to provide greater insights to managers seeking to time properly the launches of innovative new products (NPs) across multiple generations. This paper aims to address the rhythm matching problem by developing a typology and a conceptual framework of the interaction between a firm’s technological readiness to launch NPs and a market’s receptivity in...

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Attitudes toward Corporate Responsibilities in Western Europe and in Central And East Europe

Furrer, Olivier ; Egri, Carolyn P. ; Ralston, David A. ; Danis, Wade M. ; Reynaud, Emmanuelle ; Naoumova, Irina ; Molteni, Mario ; Starkus, Arunas ; Darder,Lecturer Fidel León ; Dabic, Marina ; Furrer-Perrinjaquet, Amandine

In: Management International Review, 2010, vol. 50, no. 3, p. 379-398

This study investigated the attitudes toward social, economic, and environmental corporate responsibilities of 3064 current managers and business students in 8 European countries. Participants in Western European countries had significantly different perspectives on the importance of these corporate responsibilities (CR) than those in Central and East European countries. Within each country,...

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Resource Configurations, Generic Strategies, and Firm Performance : Exploring the Parallels Between Resource-Based and Competitive Strategy Theories in a New Industry

Furrer, Olivier ; Sudharshan, D. ; Thomas, Howard ; Alexandre, Maria Tereza

In: Journal of Strategy and Management, 2008, p. 15-40

Purpose – This paper, anchored in the resource-based view of the firm, attempts to develop linkages between firm-level resources, Porter’s competitive strategy space and firm performance and explores them in the context of a new industry – the marketing technology industry. Design/methodology/approach – In the marketing technology industry the authors classify resource configurations...

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The Dynamics and Evolution of the Service Marketing Literature: 1993-2003

Furrer, Olivier ; Sollberger, Pierre

In: Service Business, 2007, p. 93-117

This article analyzes service research published in marketing journals between 1993 and 2003. Two levels of analysis of the dynamics and evolution of the service marketing literature are distinguished: first, the dynamics of specific themes of the service marketing literature, and second, the structural evolution of these themes. Through a content analysis, we study the dynamics of individual...

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A framework for innovative service design

Furrer, Olivier ; Sudharshan, Devanathan ; Tsiotsou, Rodoula H. ; Liu, Ben S.

(Working Papers SES ; 476)

Drawing on research from design science, marketing and service science, our paper provides an integrated framework for evaluating and directing innovative service design. The main goal of our review is to highlight the strengths of existing frameworks and to suggest how they can be enhanced in combination with design science principles. Based on our review, we propose a new framework for the...

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A Test of the Quasi-Circumplex Structure of Human Values

Perrinjaquet, Amandine ; Furrer, Olivier ; Usunier, Jean-Claude ; Cestre, Ghislaine ; Valette-Florence, Pierre

In: Journal of Research in Personality, 2007, p. 820-840

Schwartz’s value system (SVS) has been widely used in diVerent disciplines (e.g., psychology, management, and marketing). Although the value structure seems to be validated when data are analyzed through multidimensional scaling, we show that the quasi-circumplex structure of human values is not supported when conWrmatory analysis approaches (e.g., CIRCUM and constrained conWrmatory factor...

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Ethical preferences for influencing superiors : A 41-society study

Ralston, David A. ; Egri, Carolyn P. ; Carranza, Marı´a Teresa de la Garza ; Furrer, Olivier ; [et al.]

In: Journal of International Business Studies, 2009, vol. 40, no. 6, p. 1022-1045

With a 41-society sample of 9990 managers and professionals, we used hierarchical linear modeling to investigate the impact of both macro-level and micro-level predictors on subordinate influence ethics. While we found that both macro-level and micro-level predictors contributed to the model definition, we also found global agreement for a subordinate influence ethics hierarchy. Thus our findings...

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Robust Imitation Strategies

Sudharshan, Devanathan ; Furrer, Olivier ; Arakoni, Ramesh A.

(Working Papers SES ; 446)

Performance is the lifeblood of a firm's management. Performance itself depends on the adaptation of strategy, based on learning and the environment. An important way that firms adapt their strategy is through imitation or mimetic isomorphism. Imitation implies a referent for such adaptations. This article seeks to determine who or what should serve as that referent. Accordingly, this research...