The timeless intellectual contributions of Donald F. Dixon

Robert D. Tamilia (Department of Marketing, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Canada)

Journal of Historical Research in Marketing

ISSN: 1755-750X

Publication date: 1 February 2011



The purpose of this paper is to present a review essay of the scholarly work of Donald Dixon, focusing on six of his major contributions to marketing thought and theory.


The research relied heavily on previously published articles, personal interviews and databank searches.


A more complete timeline of the history of marketing thought is presented. The historical work done by Dixon shows us that marketing is not a recent field of human behavior but dates back millennia. His contributions have enriched the marketing discipline and have positioned marketing in its rightful place as a social science studying one aspect of human behavior, which is buying and selling.

Practical implications

Knowing more about the history of marketing is useful both to academics and to practitioners. One learn more about the practitioners and intellectual thinkers of the past who have laid the foundation of marketing as a social science.


The essay ofers but a succinct summary of Dixonian marketing thought with his many contributions to marketing scholarship and macromarketing thought over the past 50 years.



Tamilia, R. (2011), "The timeless intellectual contributions of Donald F. Dixon", Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 33-52.

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