The Analysis of Flexibility in Buyer-Seller Relationships from a Transaction Cost Economics Perspective

  • Ellen Roemer
Part of the Business-to-Business-Marketing book series (BTBM)


Flexibility is a very prominent subject in everyday parlance as well as in economic theory. In economic theory, an analysis of flexibility is problematic because a lot of different academic disciplines have dealt with the subject of flexibility. From this follows a variety of definitions. In this section, I therefore approach a definition of flexibility which is appropriate for the analysis of flexibility in buyer-seller relationships, I investigate the roots of the word, I explore different lines on flexibility, and I compile some definitions used in economic literature in order to extract a working definition.


Transaction Cost Governance Structure Bounded Rationality Environmental Uncertainty Neoclassical Economic 
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© Deutscher Universitäts-Verlag/GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2004

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  • Ellen Roemer

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