Restoring Phronesis and Practice: Marketing's Forgotten P's

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Title: Restoring Phronesis and Practice: Marketing's Forgotten P's
Authors: Kavanagh, Donncha
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5804
Date: 2014
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolution of marketing’s philosophical conversation over the last 120 years, focusing on the emergent meaning of the notion that marketing should become more 'scientific'. Design/methodology/approach: Focuses on the US academic marketing literature, primarily journal articles and books published in the first half of the twentieth century. Findings: The Aristotelian distinction between techné, epistemé and phronesis provides a rich basis for framing philosophical discussion in marketing, and should supplant the art-science debate and Anderson’s distinction between science1 and science2. Prior to 1959, the marketing journals provided a forum for phronesis, though this diminished as the academic marketing community largely abandoned the inductive, contextual approach in favour of a deductive, 'scientific' methodology. The Ford Foundation played an important role in effecting this change. Practical implications: The paper highlights the importance of forums where practitioners can reflect on the ethical and social implications of their practices and then work to enhance these practices for the greater social good. Originality/value: Advances the concept of phronesis in the marketing literature and distinguishes it from epistemé, which has dominated academic marketing discourse over the last 60 years.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Journal: Journal of Historical Research in Marketing
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Start page: 331
End page: 350
Copyright (published version): 2014 Emerald
Keywords: EpistemologyMarketing history
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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