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Power and control in the franchise network: an investigation of ex-franchisees and brand piracy

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Abstract:

This research considers the issue of franchisees who exit the franchise system in order to continue operating independently. The literature regarding incentives for entering franchising is reviewed in an attempt to reveal why franchisees become dissatisfied and leave. The use of power by the franchisor and its relationship to brand piracy by franchisees is explored. Franchisors and their current and former franchisees are interviewed to uncover insights into this phenomenon. Explanations concerning the effectiveness of contractual remedies, dissatisfaction with the franchise, level of dependence and expectations in the relationship, and franchisor-franchisee goal incongruence are proposed.

Keywords: BRAND PIRACY; EXPLORATORY RESEARCH; FRANCHISING; POWER

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1362/026725707X250458

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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