Understanding Process in Relationship Marketing: A Focus on Reciprocity

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Abstract:

Reciprocity is a process fundamental to relational stability. Its examination may provide some of the information necessary to define relationship marketing, something which has not been given due consideration in the literature. This paper defines reciprocity in a relationship marketing context. In doing so we uncover some of the motivations for engaging in relational exchange. Behaving reciprocally helps ensure mutual economic and social gain. Included in the latter are primary goods such as equilibrium, self-esteem, and expectation, which in turn facilitate the achievement of excellence in moral character.

Keywords: MORALITY; MUTUALITY; NORMS; PROCESS; RECIPROCITY; RELATIONSHIP MARKETING; SOCIAL EXCHANGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1362/147539203322383555

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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