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Marketing performance measurement: evolution of research and practice


  • Bruce H. Clark, Tim Ambler


This article reviews the evolution of marketing performance measurement from both research and practitioner perspectives. We find four historical research stages that have evolved in sequence but now continue concurrently, and explore how firms evolve their use of marketing performance measures. Practitioners increasingly regard effectiveness as more important than efficiency in marketing performance. The paper extrapolates that evolution to suggest future directions for practitioners. Identifying the impact of performance measurement systems over time is a critical issue for both research and improved practice.

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  • Bruce H. Clark, Tim Ambler, 2001. "Marketing performance measurement: evolution of research and practice," International Journal of Business Performance Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(2/3/4), pages 231-244.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbpma:v:3:y:2001:i:2/3/4:p:231-244

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    1. Mýsra Çaðla Gül, 2009. "Relative Effects of Marketing Effectiveness Dimensions on Firm Performance: An Empirical Analysis with a Multi-Industry Sample," Bogazici Journal, Review of Social, Economic and Administrative Studies, Bogazici University, Department of Economics, vol. 23(1+2), pages 37-53.


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