Introducing the interaction approach for successful business relationships

Nikolina Koporcic, Zdravko Tolusic, Zrinka Tolusic

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Many countries in the world, including Croatia, are facing crises in their economies. There are numerous reasons for this situation, and problems of the business market present one of them. Nevertheless, successful business relationships are what keeps the market alive. Those relationships, namely buyer-seller relationships, are creating and influencing the market and economy on the whole.

However, Croatia is living in the age of neoliberalism. As a dominant ideology of today´s world, it influences how companies behave on the market. On the one hand, it suggests competition as the best solution for existence. On the other hand, the interaction approach, teaches us to change our perspective and to cooperate on the market.

In order to benefit the most, the aim of this paper was to review and compare these two approaches, to highlight their features and main differences, and to support them with empirical evidence. The cases of three Croatian companies show the reality of today´s market and an urgent need for a new business theory and practice.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)523–533
JournalEkonomski Vjesnik
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • neoliberalism
  • crises
  • the interaction approach
  • competition
  • cooperation
  • business relationships

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