Decision-making experiments on dual sales channel coordination
Tizer Karabayır, Ayşegül (2011) Decision-making experiments on dual sales channel coordination. [Thesis]
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In this thesis, we conduct an experimental study with human decision makers, on dual sales channel coordination. We aim to determine dual channel strategies for a manufacturer who sells its product thorough both an independent retailer channel and its totally owned direct online channel. The two channels compete on service, where the service level of the retailer channel is measured with its product availability level, and the service level of the direct channel is measured with its delivery lead time. This multi-stage game-theoretical model was previously solved for the wholesale price contract (Chen et al. 2008) and buyback contract (Gökduman and Kaya 2009) cases. We compare these models' theoretical predictions with the outcome of our experiments with human decision makers. In particular, we analyze the theoretical and observed coordination performance of the wholesale price and buyback contracts between the two firms. We identify deviations from theoretical predictions that can be attributed to behavioral factors, such as risk aversion.
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