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Marketing exchange theory: how it can inform community-business partnerships

Madden, Kym M. & Scaife, Wendy A. (2007) Marketing exchange theory: how it can inform community-business partnerships. In Academy of Marketing Conference, 3rd - 6th July 2007, Kingston Business School at the Royal Holloway Conference Centre, Egham, Surrey, UK.

Abstract

Marketing research has somewhat overlooked strategic philanthropy by business yet not only has it burgeoned as a marketing practice but ‘the resources and outcomes associated with philanthropic efforts are similar to those sought within a marketing context’ (McAlister and Ferrell 2002). Strategic philanthropy contrasts markedly with traditional corporate giving, which has sought to make a social contribution usually by cash or in-kind donations without any clear expectation of a commercial return. Instead, strategic philanthropy seeks to benefit society as well as capitalise on its potential to increase business. Benefits that can accrue to business from its philanthropic activities include increased sales, higher customer loyalty, enhanced company reputation, and increased employee commitment and productivity (Business Council of Australia. and Centre for Corporate Public Affairs 2000). As strong potential exists to explore the value of marketing constructs and theories to better inform the management of strategic philanthropy (McAlister and Ferrell 2002), this paper considers the value of marketing exchange theory for an increasingly popular form of strategic philanthropy: the community-business partnership. It finds that this perspective is a helpful guide to selecting, managing and evaluating corporate community partnerships.

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ID Code: 12366
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: marketing research, strategic philanthropy, marketing exchange theory, community business partnerships
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 22:39

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