Doing well while doing good? An integrative review of marketing criticism and response

Stoeckl, V. E. & Luedicke, M. K. (2015). Doing well while doing good? An integrative review of marketing criticism and response. Journal of Business Research, 68(12), pp. 2452-2463. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.06.032

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Looking back at a century of innovation, the marketing profession has reason to celebrate its many contributions to the rise of economic wealth in Western nations. The marketing profession has, however, as well faced criticism for engaging in ever-new marketing practices potentially harming individuals, communities, and societies. This paper presents findings from an integrative literature review to document key criticisms of marketing brought forth over sixty years; to identify the key moral demands that fuel these criticisms; and to illustrate the potentialities and limitations of positive marketing responses. The study suggests that positive marketing practices more often than not result from marketers’ proactive engagement with critical narratives and emerging moral demands.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marketing criticism; Consumer resistance; Positive marketing; Marketing ethics; Marketing moralism; Consumer moralism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management

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