Back to the future: divergence in relationship marketing research

Egan, John (2003) Back to the future: divergence in relationship marketing research. Marketing theory, 3 (1) . pp. 145-157. ISSN 1470-5931 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1470593103003001008)


This paper suggests that there is a growing, if not permanent, divide in relationship marketing (RM) research between the holistic view of diverse organizational relationships and those who wish to return to a concentration on the customer-supplier dyad. It charts the history of RM theory and the different perspectives that have enriched its development. Although it recognizes that the scope of RM research has always been an issue, it foresees uncertain consequences resulting from the break-up of relationship marketing's traditional `broad-church' approach. In particular, it considers whether following any break-up, marketing's research agenda will be poorer as a result.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 1686
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 12:22
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:13

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