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Titel: Online Anti-Brand Herds
A Form of Environmental Turbulence
Forfatter: Langley, David J.; Tan, Chee-Wee; Worm, Daniël; van den Broek, Tijs A.
Resume: The online environment offers a fertile breeding ground for anti-brand herds of disgruntled consumers. Firms are often caught off guard by the unpredictability of such herds and, as a consequence, are forced into a reactive, defensive stance. We conduct a social media analysis that aims to shed light on the formation, growth, and dissolution of online anti-brand herds. First we expand on the concept of environmental turbulence to advance core properties unique to online herd behavior. Next, based on evidence gathered from 40 online anti-brand herd episodes targeting two prominent firms from the Netherlands, we develop an analytical model to investigate drivers of herd formation, growth, and dissolution. Finally, combining environmental turbulence literature with our empirical findings, we derive a novel typology of online anti-brand herd behaviors, and put forward six propositions to guide theory development in this area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9272
Dato: 2016-01-25
Note: Paper presented at Development Workshop of the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoMM’15), OCIS Division, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 7-11

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