Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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No 94: Strategic Alliances in a Town Centre: Stakeholder’s Perceptions of Property Owner’s Role

Johan Håkansson and Madelen Lagin ()
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Johan Håkansson: HUI Research, Postal: HUI Research, Regeringsgatan 60, SE-103 29, Stockholm, Sweden and Dalarna University, SE-791 88 Falun/Borlänge, Sweden ,
Madelen Lagin: Dalarna University, Postal: SE-791 88 Falun/Borlänge, Sweden

Abstract: In order for town centres to manage increased competition in retailing, co-operation between stakeholders in a strategic alliance has become more important. A typical set of stakeholders in a strategic alliance for strengthening retailing are retailers, local authorities and property owners. The roles of retailer’s and local authorities’ are well researched. However, the role of property owners is not. The aim of this paper seeks to unfold the role of property owners in a strategic alliance. This is a case study of a medium-sized town in which semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders were conducted. In the chosen town there is a TCM (Town Centre Management) alliance co-operation at work. The above mentioned stakeholders are possible members in an alliance. The case studied shows a fragmented property owner market with no dominant property owner, as it is in many medium-sized towns. Our study shows that many stakeholders look at the role of property owners as crucial for town centre development. However, property owners do not see that they can significantly contribute to or benefit from the development. The main reasons for this opinion are that they consider themselves as not having enough resources or the capability to influence the town development.

Keywords: retail; TCM alliance; increased competition; town centre development; Sweden

JEL-codes: R00

22 pages, June 25, 2013

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