Co-marketing and its perceived influence on business performance - Evidence from the strategic alliances of IBM Finland

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Holm, Petra 2014-02-19T13:12:11Z 2014-02-19T13:12:11Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Objectives: The main objective of this study was to investigate the co-marketing interface and the contingencies between co-marketing and business performance from the viewpoint of the business partners of IBM. More specifically, the objective was to introduce what co-marketing is, what elements can be found in the co-marketing interface, and what kind of contingencies there are between the elements of the co-marketing partnership and business performance. Methodology: A literature review of co-marketing and business performance was used to create a theoretical framework for the study. The empirical data was collected by semi-structured qualitative interviews with IBM's business partners, and the research methodology of the multi-case study was used. Key findings: According to the findings, four elements of the co-marketing interface were perceived to influence business performance positively: structural linkages, information sharing, orientations of the partners, and resources pooling. First, systematic joint planning of co-marketing (as one dimension of the structural linkages), which involves different units inside the allied organizations was perceived to lead to better business performance. Moreover, the importance of the target group planning and the planning of the measurement methods of the co-marketing success were emphasized in the interviews. Second, in order to improve business performance, the co-marketing partners need to share information related to, for instance, market insights, marketing ideas, and best practices. Third, the orientations, especially, the market orientation and long-term orientation in the co-marketing planning, were perceived to lead to better business performance. Fourth, resources pooling, especially the utilization of the other partners' capabilities and knowledge, was perceived to be a way to success in co-marketing in strategic alliances. en
dc.format.extent 78
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Co-marketing and its perceived influence on business performance - Evidence from the strategic alliances of IBM Finland en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing en
dc.subject.keyword co-marketing
dc.subject.keyword business performance
dc.subject.keyword strategic alliances
dc.subject.keyword partner interface
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201402231466
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Marketing en
dc.programme.major Markkinointi fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon markkinointi
dc.subject.helecon marketing
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö
dc.subject.helecon cooperation
dc.subject.helecon kumppanuus
dc.subject.helecon partnership
dc.subject.helecon strategia
dc.subject.helecon strategy
dc.ethesisid 13510 2013-11-18
dc.location P1 I fi

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