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How does the franchisor’s choice of different control mechanisms affect franchisees’ and employee-managers’ satisfaction?

Mellewigt, Thomas; Ehrmann, Thomas and Decker, Carolin (2011). How does the franchisor’s choice of different control mechanisms affect franchisees’ and employee-managers’ satisfaction? Journal of Retailing, 3 pp. 320–331.

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Abstract

Satisfaction of franchisees and employee-managers affects the overall performance of a franchise system. We argue that different actors in the same franchise system need to be treated in different ways. The franchisor’s choice of control mechanisms affects the satisfaction of franchisees and employee-managers differently. Drawing on data from the largest German franchise system, we show that the effectiveness of different control mechanisms depends on actor type and experience. Outcome control leads to higher satisfaction among franchisees and employee-managers, while behavior control enhances employee-managers’ satisfaction. Thereby, outcome control leads to higher satisfaction among more experienced franchisees, while behavior control enhances both highly and lowly experienced employee-managers’ satisfaction. Our results suggest that franchisors face a dilemma: On the one hand, behavior control is associated with high costs and has no impact on franchisees’ satisfaction at all. On the other hand, it might still be necessary to prevent franchisees from behaving opportunistically.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0022-4359
Keywords: franchising, plural form, control mechanisms, satisfaction
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 54468
Depositing User: Carolin Decker-Lange
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:06
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54468
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