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A comparative study of the emergence of marketing culture within three formerly nationalised companies

Geoff Lancaster (Professor of Marketing, University of North London, and Chairman, Durham Associates Group, Castle Eden, Co Durham, UK)
Gerry Brierley (Freelance Consultant Researcher, Guildford, Surrey, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 July 2001



Examines the background to privatisation in the UK and explores current practice. The transition to change over two decades has brought about more demanding and value‐conscious customers along with an information technology revolution. Corporate culture is seen as a litmus test, shaping changes in performance and unifying the social dimensions of an organisation. Privatisation has seen changes emerge in some companies more dominantly than in others. Uses this background as a building block to articulate detailed empirical research that has been conducted within three formerly nationalised companies: The National Remote Sensing Centre, Royal Ordnance Environmental and The Stationery Office. Concludes that pre‐privatisation, notions of quality of service, lower prices and working for the good of consumers was not achieved, as profits were not seen as a commercial requirement. Of the companies researched, two seemed to be strongly influenced by the culture of their parent company. Two companies that have adapted a marketing culture seem to have fared better than the company with a strong financial culture. All three companies experienced difficulty in breaking free from an inbred philosophy of production orientation.



Lancaster, G. and Brierley, G. (2001), "A comparative study of the emergence of marketing culture within three formerly nationalised companies", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 341-371.




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