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Title: Marketing in the internet age: What can we learn from the past?
Authors: Harris, L
Cohen, G
Keywords: Internet marketing;Management history;Technological change
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Citation: Management Decision 41/9: 944-956
Abstract: This article examines whether business really is undergoing a revolution or just the latest in a series of incremental changes with the universal and seemingly exponential spread of Internet technology. While it is tempting to regard the Internet as a unique challenge through its dual role as a driver of change and provider of tools for change, the article begins by drawing upon a number of historical precedents in order to question some of the ‘hype’ surrounding current Internet developments. By analysing relevant literature and primary data from a number of case studies in the UK and USA, we then examine the particular challenges facing marketing to establish whether there are any parallels in marketing history from which lessons for the future may be learned. We conclude from our examples that many ‘new’ developments have in fact been practised for centuries and traditional processes are an important constituent of ‘evolutionary’ rather than ‘revolutionary’ innovation.
ISSN: 0025-1747
Appears in Collections:Business and Management
Brunel Business School Research Papers

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