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Conceptual-historical analytical research model: a means for applying history to contemporary marketing problems

Anthony McMullan (Truck Industry Council, Brisbane, Australia)
Stephen Dann (Australian National University, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Historical Research in Marketing

ISSN: 1755-750X

Article publication date: 12 June 2020

Issue publication date: 14 August 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a new model of marketing analysis that is capable of using the embedded knowledge that sits untapped in the history of marketing thought to solve contemporary marketing problems – the conceptual-historical analytical research model (CHARM).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper outlines the evolution of historical analysis methods (HAM), along with critiques and enhancements of the prior processes offered by Savitt (1980), Nevett (1991) and Golder (2000). From these foundations, the paper outlines the components of the model of historical analysis, detailing the development of the analytical template design. It also details the four-step process of engaging structured revisits of past knowledge for contemporary problem-solving.

Findings

The CHARM for problem-solving in marketing is a knowledge-gathering system that informs marketing decisions addressing contemporary problems. This is achieved through the use of embedded knowledge from a corpus of historical texts.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides a method for future researchers to apply for replicable examination of historical texts and to assist intercoder reliability for multi-author history projects through the application of structured templates.

Practical implications

The CHARM for problem-solving in marketing is a knowledge-gathering system that informs marketing decisions addressing contemporary problems. This is achieved through the use of embedded knowledge from a corpus of historical texts.

Originality/value

The CHARM process applies a systematic protocol for engaging qualitative sources for historical analysis through preset data collection templates, structured analysis frameworks and definitional understanding templates for improved replicability. This paper presents a new model of approaching historical analysis through a problem-solving lens, whereby historical sources become the foundations for the solution to a problem, rather than just the literature review that identifies the presence of gap.

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Citation

McMullan, A. and Dann, S. (2020), "Conceptual-historical analytical research model: a means for applying history to contemporary marketing problems", Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 401-420. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHRM-06-2019-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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