An Assessment of Marketing Thought & Practice contains proceeding papers from the 1982 Educators conference, intended to familiarize educators with techniques, perspectives, and concepts that can enhance their development as teachers and researchers. This compilation is jointly edited by Bruce J. Walker, William O. Bearden, William R. Darden, Patrick E. Murphy, John R. Nevin, Jerry C. Olson, and Barton A. Weitz. The papers are categorized into 6 tracks parallel to the conference theme, with the award-winning paper featured at the end of each track. The buyer behavior track focuses the influence of ethnic, gender, cross-culture, and personal values in consumer behavior. The marketing education track provides a review on marketing curriculum and teaching methods practiced in the 1980s. The marketing mix and marketing institution track presents a comprehensive collection of papers on retailing, distribution, sales, and sales force management. The marketing strategy and special markets track elaborates on strategies needed to approach and establish in unique markets. The public policy and macromarketing track discusses regulatory issues in marketing and advertising. The research methodology track presents an historic perspective of measurement, analysis, survey methods, and interpretation of marketing research.
William O. Bearden
William O. Bearden, Bank of America Professor in Business Emeritus, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Marketing at the University of South Carolina, received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1975 and served previously on the faculties of Western Kentucky and the University of Alabama from 1976-1978. He is still an active faculty member in the Moore School of Business and is currently on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Letters He also served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Consumer Research during 1999-2002.
Dr. Bearden served for six years on the Board of Directors for the American Marketing Association. He has been President of the Academic Division of the American Marketing Association and President of the Southern Marketing Association. His teaching and research interests include consumer behavior, marketing research, pricing, and the evaluation of marketing promotions. Dr. Bearden has published over twenty-five articles in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Consumer Research, as well as having a number of publications in other marketing and consumer research journals and co-authored two books.