Prior research on technology-intensive (TI) markets makes abstraction of the social context in which transactions take place. In contrast with this prior literature, the authors show that buyer-vendor transactions in TI markets are relationally and structurally embedded in an interfirm network. Their main premise is that buyers in TI markets prefer vendors with whom they can share a strong tie, and that in turn buyers want these vendors to share strong ties with their component manufacturers. This is an important addition to TI literature and to the on-going debate on the strength of ties in the sociology, management and marketing literatures. The authors also specifically consider how characteristics focal to TI markets, such as the know-how buyers possess or the pace of technological change they perceive, affect the extent to which buying behavior is relationally and structurally embedded. An empirical test in the computer network market shows good support for the developed theory.

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Keywords buying behavior, conjoint analysis, embeddedness, technology-intensive markets, tie strength
JEL Statistical Decision Theory; Operations Research (jel C44), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Marketing (jel M31)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management
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Series ERIM Report Series Research in Management
Rights Copyright 2001, S. Wuyts, S. Stremersch, P.H.B.F. Franses, This report in the ERIM Report Series Research in Management is intended as a means to communicate the results of recent research to academic colleagues and other interested parties. All reports are considered as preliminary and subject to possibly major revisions. This applies equally to opinions expressed, theories developed, and data used. Therefore, comments and suggestions are welcome and should be directed to the authors.
Wuyts, S.H.K, Stremersch, S, & Franses, Ph.H.B.F. (2001). Buying High Tech Products (No. ERS-2001-27-MKT). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from