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奥尔德逊(Wroe.Alderson)
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奥尔德逊(Wroe.Alderson)
奥尔德逊(Wroe.Alderson,1928-1968)

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奥尔德逊简介

  奥尔德逊(Wroe.Alderson),50年代美国最伟大的Marketing理论家。营销功能主义学派的创始人。

  • 1953年:MIT教授

奥尔德逊的主要著作

  奥尔德逊的主要著作包括:

  • 1957《市场营销行动与经营行为》 (Marketing Behavior and Executive Action)60年代以前,最伟大、最系统的Marketing学术论著
  • 1965《动态市场营销活动》

奥尔德逊的研究方法论和理论依据

  • 基本方法:
    • 依据 Parsons功能主义,综合分析市场营销体系。即从经营者行为的角度把握市场营销活动。
  • 分析理论依据
    • 目的与资源(技术层面):成功的条件与费用,即投入产出问题。
    • 经济层面:多元目标与资源分配决策过程。
    • 权力层面:利益分配权的最大化(竞争与垄断、差别化)。

Wroe Alderson

Wroe Alderson (1928-1968) is widely recognized as the most important marketing theorist of the twentieth century[1] and the “father of modern marketing”[2].

Alderson’s academic training was at George Washington, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as president of the American Marketing Association and was highly active in The Institute of Management Sciences.

He began his business career at the U.S. department of Commerce, founded the internationally prominent marketing consulting firm of Alderson Associates, and served as a professor at Wharton University of Pennsylvania after joining it in 1959. While always deeply involved in the advancement of marketing science he also believed that theory and practice go hand in hand. This also suited his scientific method. From a methodological perspective, he emphasized inductive theorizing from market place events, providing a balanced to the neo-classical theories of firm behaviour[3]. He also had the ability to communicate in the language of many disciplines and to bridge the business and academic communities[4].

A significant element of his contribution to marketing thinking is his insistence upon an interdisciplinary approach, attracting the interest of scientists from other fields and borrowing from other disciplines such as psychology, philosophy and anthropology[5].

He argued that firms are ecological systems that grow and adapt to change; each seeks its own niche based on organised behaviour systems: “All marketing activity is an aspect of the interaction among organized behavior systems related to each other in what may be described as an ecological network. Operating systems are a subclass of behavior systems, distinguished by inputs and outputs and the structuring of processes to achieve efficiency.

“The functionalist approach is concerned with the functioning of systems, and the study of structure is essential to the analysis and interpretations of functions. Every phase of marketing can be understood as human behavior within the framework of some operating system. Survival and growth are implicit goals of every behavior system, including most particularly those that operate in the market place.”[6]

He also argued for heterogeneity of both supply and demand, introducing the ideas of market segmentation and niche marketing and the status of the brand. Increased product variety provides consumers with offerings nearer their ideal points. Firms can strive for differential advantage through product variety.

Amongst other accomplishments, he redefined the value-in-use concept as an alternative to the dominant value exchange theory, tracing it back through the ideas of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas (the leading mediaeval theologian) and a variety of 17th, 18th and 19th century economists[7]. Wroe Anderson also rejected the idea that different aspects of utility should be attributed to production and marketing[[1].

Wroe Alderson many established the Annual Marketing Theory seminars, founded the Management Science Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and received the Pabst Award in 1944, Hall of Fame in Distribution in 1953, the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award in 1954, and the Paul D. Converse Award in 1955.

Marketing was once considered a trade. Wroe Alderson proved it was a science as well.

After beginning his career as a consultant, Alderson joined the Wharton faculty in 1959. He quickly became the leading marketing theorist of his time. Alderson saw that mathematical models and quantitative techniques could be used to research and analyze consumer taste, the size of advertising budgets and sales forces, and in distributing marketing messages across media — techniques that helped create the field of market research.

Wharton Marketing Professor Paul Green calls Wroe Alderson an “intellectual monarch of marketing research.” But Alderson, he affectionately adds, was a Quaker with little time for monarchies. Today Wharton’s Marketing faculty comprise the most cited department in the world.

Under Alderson’s leadership, Wharton began to build a more scientific basis for marketing research and became a major force in applying analytic models to marketing challenges. With a firm belief that theory and practice go hand in hand, Alderson wrote the book, Marketing Behavior and Executive Action, which focused on social science rather than institutional economics.

Alderson, with his young colleague Green, opened a Management Science Center at Wharton in 1962. He used the center as part of his MBA course in Marketing Management, giving his students a chance to act as consultants and to practice new techniques on real-world problems — now common practice in MBA education. Alderson also established Wharton’s Annual Marketing Theory seminars, served as Trustee of the Marketing Institute, and engineered the migration of the famed Operations Research group at Case Institute to Wharton in 1963.

“He carved a course through which marketing theory would develop, drawing in streams of research from other researchers and other disciplines, eroding and shaping the assumptions of marketing research, carving out an indelible path of the landscape of marketing,” wrote Terry Beckman of Queens University in a paper titled “The Wroe River: The Canyon Carved by Alderson.”

参考文献

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jones, D.G.B. and Shaw, E.H., (2003) A History of Marketing Thought, in the Handbook of Marketing, ed. Wertz, B. and Wensley, R.
  2. Eric H. Shaw, William Lazer, Stephen F. Pirog III Wroe Alderson: father of modern marketing. European Business Review,2007,Volume 19, Issue: 6,Pages: 440–451, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISSN: 0955-534X. DOI: 10.1108/09555340710830091
  3. wroe_alderson
  4. Wright, John S. and Smith, Wendell R. (1966) LEADERS IN MARKETING: Wroe Alderson. Journal of Marketing; Jan66, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p64-65, 2p, 1 bw
  5. Wright, John S. and Smith, Wendell R. (1966) op. cit.
  6. introduction to part one of his 1957 book, Marketing Behavior and Executive Action
  7. Dixon, 1990
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