|Categories:||Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Theory, Services, Strategic Planning|
|Authors:||Lawrence A. Crosby, Mary Jo Bitner|
Lawrence A. Crosby
Dr. Lawrence A. Crosby is Dean of Marketing for the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He is a globally recognized expert on the measurement and management of customer relationships.
First as an academic and then as a consultant and business leader, Crosby has helped evolve the field of customer relationships from satisfaction to loyalty to the branded experience. His measures, models and management principles have been adopted by Fortune 500 companies around the world.
Most recently, Crosby served as chief loyalty architect of the Customer Experience Practice at Synovate Ltd. He founded and served as chairman and CEO for Symmetrics Marketing Corporation, a customer loyalty research and consulting business. He sold Symmetrics to Synovate in 2004. Synovate is a global market research company that provides research solutions and services to clients in more than 60 countries. Crosby was responsible for building Synovate’s global practice and capabilities in customer experience research and consulting.
Crosby earned a doctoral degree in business administration, a masters of business administration and a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Michigan. Before founding Symmetrics, he served as CEO and managing director of CSM Worldwide, an affiliate of Walker Information, and served on the faculty at Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. His work has been published in a variety of academic and professional journals.
Mary Jo Bitner
Mary Jo Bitner is the Executive Director of the Center for Services Leadership, PetSmart Chair in Services Leadership, and Professor of Marketing at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU). In her more than 25-year career as a professor and researcher, Dr. Bitner has been recognized as one of the founders and pioneers in the field of service marketing and management worldwide.
Dr. Bitner was awarded the Career Contributions to the Service Discipline Award presented by the American Marketing Association. She was also named an IBM Faculty Fellow for her leadership and pioneering work in service science. She serves as a Distinguished Faculty member at Fudan University, Shanghai, China and has taught for many years in ASUs EMBA program in China. Her current research is concerned with service infusion strategies in goods-dominant companies and the strategic roles of technology and contact employees in determining customer satisfaction with services. She has published articles relevant to service marketing and management in various marketing and management journals.