The Influence of the Internet on Relationships Between Consumers and Vendors

Horst Treiblmaier

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In recent years a plethora of scholarly literature from the marketing and the Information Systems (IS) domain has dealt with the phenomenon of relationships. While during the pre-computer era relationships always implied a social dimension, modern technology tries to mimic this interaction process by learning about customers’ needs and addressing them individually. Interestingly, the central definition of a relationship remains vague in both marketing and IS. Finding the major constituents could therefore shed light on the question of whether technology will actually be able to replace "social interactions". In this chapter we show how relationships are defined in scholarly literature. Subsequently, consumers define what they perceive to be the crucial attributes of a relationship in general and with an (online) organization. The results indicate that the notion of relationship has to be redefined for online communication and interaction and offer practical implications for designing the interaction process with online users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Implications and Challenges of E-Business
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Relationship
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Electronic Customer Relationship Management
  • Online Interaction
  • Online Relationship


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