Marketing planning : a global perspective by Svend Hollensen
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The real customer focus and responsiveness of the company is the context in which marketing strategy is built and implemented. qxp 15/6/05 10:16 am Page 22 CHAPTER 2 ASSESSING THE INTERNAL MARKETING SITUATION Another issue is that the marketing process should be seen as interfunctional and cross-disciplinary, and not simply the responsibility of the marketing department. This is the real value of adopting the process perspective on marketing, which is becoming more widely adopted by large organizations.
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It should be emphasized that a market orientation is not the exclusive responsibility of a marketing department but, rather, is a company-wide mode of operation. Research suggests that market orientation is related positively to business performance (Narver and Slater, 1990). Further, it is likely to be strongly related to performance under conditions of high market turbulence, technological stability, strong competition and a weak economic environment. A market orientation yields higher customer satisfaction and repeat business, and appears to increase employees’ commitment to their organizations.