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A History of Marketing Thought

A history of marketing thought


This section considers the nature of historical research in marketing, why this research should matter to marketing scholars, the various approaches to studying the history of marketing thought, and the organization of this chapter.

Historical Research in Marketing

Marketing historians have generally followed the tradition long held by economists, which is to separate the history of practice from the history of thought and to focus their studies on one or the other. Thus, historical research in marketing divides roughly into marketing history and the history of marketing thought. It is the latter we are reviewing in this chapter. Of course, as Stanley Hollander once observed, ‘practice is not entirely thoughtless and thought is often practice-driven’ (1989, p. xx). ...

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