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Managing Service Firms by Per Skalen


Managing Service Firms by Per Skalen

Based on a conceptual analysis of marketing texts, particularly service marketing texts, and a case study of a service firm that utilizes approaches to managing organizations that have been developed within the boundaries of marketing, this book presents a critical examination of marketing as a managerial practice. Skalen focuses in particular on the managerial research tradition and managerial practice referred to as service marketing (sometimes service management), which is seen as a 'dominant managerial logic' by many marketing scholars. Skalen analyzes the governmentality of service marketing through textual representations of managerial marketing and a case study of a service organization. Based on the former, the author argues that managerial marketing has always promoted and fostered customer orientation as the main governmental rationality and that this rationality in service marketing targets human beings more exclusively than previously. This book contributes to critical marketing research since this research tradition lacks studies of empirical responses to managerial marketing which articulate a radical social critique.

About the Author

Per Skalen is Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Sweden. He is the co-author of Marketing Discourse - A Critical Perspective (with Martin Fougere and Markus Fellesson), also published by Routledge.

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Publication date

9th March 2010


Per Skalen

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


198 pages


Management & management techniques



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