Distribution of Marketing Research Material to Universities: The Case of Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR)

Tzempelikos, Nektarios and Kooli, Kaouther and Stone, Merlin and Aravopoulou, Eleni and Birn, Robin and Kosack, Emmanuel (2020) Distribution of Marketing Research Material to Universities: The Case of Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR). Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, 27 (2). pp. 187-202. ISSN 1547-0628

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Abstract

Purpose - the aim of this study is to understand how content relating to marketing and market research is distributed to and within universities. The focus of the study includes the behaviour of all those in this market for information, namely suppliers (whether content generators, aggregators, packagers or distributors of content) of marketing research, university staff, and students. Design/methodology/approach – The case study method was implemented to collect data. The case study focuses on UK Higher Education. Specifically, the authors use the case study of the newly developed Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR) to explore how content relating to marketing and market research is distributed to and within universities. The research involved personal interviews with 15 librarian senior managers selected from 14 universities. Findings – The interviews with librarians provided insight about how AMSR could be distributed to university libraries and how it could be accessed. The findings highlight the role of university academics in specifying the content of marketing and market research. They focus on ‘real world’ management problems to deliver research with impact and relevant teaching. Therefore, they need company and industry information and are more likely to use current sources. Research implications - The study maps the process of acquisition of marketing and market research content by universities and identifies the different roles involved in this process. The study is in line with the emerging literature that focuses on the role of education in explaining the relevance gap in marketing research. The study contrasts between the situation in the university market and industrial buying, and adds to our understanding of the complexities associated with the distribution of the marketing research material. The result is expected to be a much sharper focus for the marketing of the archive material, leading to greater use of recent high-quality market research by marketing educators, and changes to marketing and market research syllabuses. Practical implications – The study provides insight about how suppliers (whether content generators, aggregators, packagers or distributors of content) of market and marketing research should market to universities and ensure the use of their information resources by students and teachers and how they should. The findings of the study contribute to understanding customer needs and shaping a new service product proposition. In addition, the study provides insight into how university students and staff access and should access commercial research on marketing from the market research industry (in particular from the Archive of Market and Social Research) and use it in their learning, so that their knowledge will be more up to date and their employability will be increased. Originality/value – The paper adds several insights to the issue of distribution of marketing research material to universities. The paper relates to the marketing of information resources to universities, specifically to the work of the Archive of Market and Social Research, in marketing their information assets to universities, and more specifically the relationship between the "push" of suppliers, libraries, journal and textbook suppliers and information aggregators (such as EBSCO and JISC) and the pull coming from academic researchers and lecturers, who might use this information in their teaching and research. The present study can be seen as a classic case study of understanding of buyer behaviour, but in a modern world of information platforms, aggregation and the digital economy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: marketing research, marketing education, information technology, managerial relevance, universities, library, archive, purchasing
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705467

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