Enhancing trust or reducing perceived risk, what matters more when launching a new product?

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    Using a collection of data among 490 participants from different companies in the field of medical engineering market, we contribute to the role of contact intensity by a business partner when launching new products by introducing trust as a mediator to the concept of perceived risk reduction to enhance the relationship commitment. The findings show that the common concept of risk reduction to enhance the relationship commitment is overrated. In detail, the results show first, that the influence of trust on the relationship commitment is decisive instead of reducing perceived risk by the customer. The contact intensity is only important to enhance trust which influences the relationship commitment in a positive way. Hence, managers should concentrate on the development of trust and not on the reduction of perceived risk of the customer. Second, our findings demonstrate that the attitude whether the customer is averse of affine towards innovations has no influence on the relationship between contact intensity and relationship commitment. This is obviously the opposite of the findings of most researchers in literature who usually state customers need different contacts of the seller to purchase a new product depending on their attitude towards innovations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1450005
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This paper is not yet available on the repository. The paper was given at the 21st the International Association on Management of Technology (IAMOT), Hsinchu, Taiwan and was awarded for the Best Paper 2012 of the conference. The data for this paper was conducted in relation with the data for Ann-Marie Nienaber's Phd thesis, published 2011 in German.
    Electronic version of an article published as [International Journal of Innovation Management, 18, Article number 1450005, 2014] [10.1142/S1363919614500054] © [copyright World Scientific Publishing Company] [http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/ijim]


    • Relationship commitment
    • launching new products
    • trust
    • contact intensity
    • perceived risk reduction


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