The differences between Groupon and other group-buying intermediaries:: from transactional and relational coordination perspectives
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Groupon is a popular group-buying website offering daily deals and has experiencedfast growth. It has attracted amounts of imitators and they sprang up all over the world.We treat this phenomenon by taking Groupon as an intermediary executing coordinationbetween merchants and customers in the group-buying activities. To see the particularpractices of Groupon in operating transactional and relational coordination mechanisms,we collect diverse group-buying forms from the earliest buying club since 1860s tillnow and make comparison among various involved intermediaries. After that, five maindifferences are identified including the nature of initiator, product and service selection,pricing mechanism, frequency of deals, network and relations, which either contributesto reduction of transaction cost or maintaining the interactive relationships. Throughthese collection, comparison and analysis, we have new insights into the features ofGroupon’s group-buying coordination and accordingly implications for future electronicintermediaries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 85 p.
group-buying, Groupon, electronic intermediaries, transaction cost, network
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70796ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--11/01016--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70796DiVA: diva2:441787
Subject / course
Master's Programme in Business Administration – Strategic
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Ljung, Jörgen, Universitetslektor