Drug Distribution And The Social Organization Of Distribution

1034 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
The authors, Curtis and Wendel (2007), characterized drug markets into to categories, the social organization of distribution and the social organization of distribution. The former is in regards to the relationships between sellers and between sellers and buyers (p. 869). With this category, Curtis and Wendel identified three subcategories of social organization of distribution. The first is corporate style organizations which refers to larger drug organizations that involve hierarchy and individuals who specialize in certain jobs. The second is socially bonded organizations which are groups who share common bonds, such as family, outside of their operations. The third is freelance distribution where everyone fends for him / herself. The second drug marker they characterized is the technical organization of distribution. This one refers to the “location of sale, classifying distributors as street sellers, indoor sellers, and delivery sellers” (p. 870). The authors described two other models of drug distribution, the franchise model and delivery model. The franchise model refers to freelancers who operated under larger drug traffickers and operations. Curtis and Wendel described it this way, “Franchising appears to be a form of freelance distribution, but it is in fact the corporate form of distribution adapted to the realities of a changed marketplace” (p. 876). Freelancers worker off commission and were supplied products by the larger organizations, though sellers…

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