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Title:Category captainship: delegation, participant selection and category extensions
Author(s):Bushey, Erik
Director of Research:Palekar, Udatta S.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Palekar, Udatta S.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Qualls, William J.; Yuan, Hong; Lewis, Michael
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Category captainship
category captain
category management
game theory
distribution channels
supply chain
store brands
product line assortments
Abstract:This dissertation is a collection of three essays which study different aspects of category captainship, a new and increasingly popular category management strategy. In this strategy retailers delegate their control of product categories to one of the manufacturers operating within that category, who is referred to as the ``category captain''. As this practice is new, many answers regarding the optimal implementation of category captainship remain unanswered. In the first essay we study a model of category captainship where manufacturers are asymmetric with respect to how many brand-loyal consumers they each posses and retailers are only able to delegate the single responsibility of the setting of retail prices. Our findings shed some light on the role of manufacturer size in the category captain selection process. In the second essay we study a model of category captainship where retailers are able to delegate more than just control of retail pricing to symmetric manufacturers. Specifically, we allow retailers to also delegate control of two types of in-store marketing activities: brand marketing activities and category marketing activities. We find that retailers' profits from the use of a category captain increase with the number of responsibilities delegated. In the final essay we study a model of category captainship where the product category contains both high and low quality products, where low quality products can be either product line extensions or store brands. We find that the type of low quality product plays an important role in how category captainship affects both category profit and consumer surplus, two attributes which are generally thought to be enhanced by the use of a category captain.
Issue Date:2014-09-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Erik Bushey
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-16
Date Deposited:2014-08

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