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Strategic marketing in Chinese manufacturing companies

Guo Huan (Department of Marketing, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
Roger Brooksbank (Department of Marketing, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
David Taylor (Department of Marketing, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
Patrycia Babbis (Department of Marketing, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 4 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to examine the extent to which Western World “textbook” strategic marketing is being practised within Chinese manufacturing companies as well as its contribution to competitive success.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected by means of a web‐based survey. A total of 89 usable questionnaires were received from Chinese manufacturing firms employing at least 50 people. Data analysis was conducted using SPSS.

Findings

The results confirm that, on the whole, the basic strategic marketing practices which are typically advocated in the mainstream Western academic and prescriptive literature are being widely practised within Chinese manufacturing companies. The results also show the higher performing firms are clearly differentiated from their lower performing counterparts by doing more and better marketing.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the relatively low response rate, one limitation is the extent to which the sample is representative of the population under scrutiny. Also, in spite of the questionnaire being back translated, some misunderstanding of the questions cannot be ruled out. Originality/value – The paper confirms that Western strategic marketing practices are clearly associated with the higher performing Chinese manufacturing companies.

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Citation

Huan, G., Brooksbank, R., Taylor, D. and Babbis, P. (2008), "Strategic marketing in Chinese manufacturing companies", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 276-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555850810890057

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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