Marketing paradise: citizen professionals on the road to paradise (via Damascus)

Michael Thomas (Professor Emiritus, Strathclyde University, Strathclyde, UK)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Defines two types of marketing professionalism: mechanical, market‐driven professionalism; and social trustee, civic professionalism. Asserts that the marketing profession should pursue the latter in order to survive. Argues that marketing professionals must minister to the needs and wants of other citizens, promote democracy and ensure social responsibility rather than be self‐serving. Outlines the ways in which “true professionalism” can be achieved.



Thomas, M. (2000), "Marketing paradise: citizen professionals on the road to paradise (via Damascus)", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 18 No. 6/7, pp. 321-327.

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