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The mode of exchange and shaping of markets: Distributor influence in the Swedish post-war food industry
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6074-6088
2007 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 36, no 7, 861-878 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the associations between the mode of exchange and the configuration of market actors and exchange objects through a historical case study of the introduction of self-service retailing in the private food retail trade in Sweden. The changes in the mode of exchange reported in the case resulted from organizing efforts involving both retailers and a major wholesaler. These efforts were directed towards two main areas: the material framing of the exchange situation, e.g. the redesign of store facilities, interiors and the pre-packaging of goods, and the agency of the involved actors, e.g. information campaigns and education directed towards retailers and consumers. Through this process, a network of associations was forged that inter-defined the mode of exchange, the market actors and the exchange objects. The paper contributes to extant literature on the shaping of markets by empirically examining the associations constituting modes of exchange and the process through which these associations are forged. A central finding is that the introduction of self-service was elaborately intertwined with changes in the characteristics of the actors and objects of exchange.

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2007. Vol. 36, no 7, 861-878 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53263DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2007.06.006OAI: diva2:287863
Available from: 2010-01-20 Created: 2010-01-20 Last updated: 2013-11-07

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