Spatial strategies in Brazilian Franchising; Behavior categories and Performance Outcome

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Université de Lyon
University of Sao Paulo
Available from: 
March 2016
Paper author(s): 
Eugenio Jose Silva Bitti
Muriel Fadairo
Cintya Lanchimba
Vivian-Lara Silva
Topic: 
Financial Economics
Globalization - Trade
Year: 
2016

This empirical article deals with the location strategy and performance outcomes of franchised chains in Brazil. Brazilian franchising has experienced vertiginous process of expansion in recent years, being present in different regions of this country of continental size, including the most remote and less developed. Based on the background literature in economics and management regarding location choices and spatial competition in retailing, we use a new and unique dataset to distinguish several behavior categories in spatial strategies of franchising chains in Brazil, via a two-step cluster analysis. The performance outcomes are then studied with econometric estimations on panel data. Our results provide evidence that the choice for agglomeration, and the location in areas with a high population and a high human development index, lead to higher chain performances.

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