How Firm Strategies Impact Size of Partner-Based Retail Networks: Evidence from Franchising, Journal of Small Business Management
How do firms’ partnering strategies impact the size of their partner-based retail networks? We draw on agency theory to address this question in the context of franchising. Our econometric analyses (based on 9 years of longitudinal balanced panel data) include assessment of data nonstationarity and estimation of a dynamic panel data model that accounts for unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity. Our findings indicate that franchisee network size is driven more by franchisor strategies that mitigate agency costs than by strategies that simply lower entry and ongoing costs and barriers for franchisees.
Anne Coughlan, Manish Kacker, Rajiv P Dant, Jamie Emerson
Coughlan, Anne, Manish Kacker, Rajiv P Dant, and Jamie Emerson. 2016. How Firm Strategies Impact Size of Partner-Based Retail Networks: Evidence from Franchising. Journal of Small Business Management. 54: 506-531.