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Subject Area: Marketing
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|Title:||The marketing discipline comes of age, 1934-1936|
|Author(s):||Terrence H. Witkowski, (Department of Marketing, California State University, Long Beach, California, USA)|
|Citation:||Terrence H. Witkowski, (2010) "The marketing discipline comes of age, 1934-1936", Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Vol. 2 Iss: 4, pp.370 - 396|
|Keywords:||History, Marketing, Marketing theory|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17557501011092457 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author thanks the many people who have suggested improvements to this paper. Appreciation is especially due to JHRM Editor, Brian Jones, who by bringing the primary sources to the author's attention, piqued his interest in the history of marketing thought.|
Purpose – The marketing field established important institutions – college courses, teachable texts, professional associations, and regular conferences – during the first three decades of the twentieth century, but did not fully mature as a scholarly discipline until the first specialized journals were launched in the mid-1930s. The aim of this paper is to better understand the marketing discipline during this crucial formative period, especially the structure, presentation, and content of marketing knowledge.
Design/methodology/approach – The primary sources are
Findings – The scholarship published in the first marketing journals was written by single authors who only infrequently cited other works. A wide range of topics were explored with much attention given to issues of marketing and society. Marketing writers considered their field a science and showed confidence in it despite dire environmental conditions.
Originality/value – The primary sources examined have been all but forgotten and deserve to be revisited. The research investigates not only the texts themselves, but the people who wrote them, their professional biographies and associational activities, and the larger academic and social environments of their time.
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