Strategists' reactions and resistance towards forces of inclusion: soothing the anxiety of marketing (non-) influence

Mark Palmer*, Geoff Simmons

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The firm is becoming more and more inclusive in its conception. And yet, marketing studies point to the same overwhelming conclusion that marketing, marketing departments and marketers are being increasingly 'pushed out' - excluded. We argue that where and when inclusion-exclusion intersect in the practice of strategic marketing is important, not least because their powerful boundary-setting and spanning roles have a determinant effect on the places and spaces, within which marketing strategists are (counter-) mobilized. This paper provides new insights relating to the contradictory forces existing around inclusion-exclusion in corporate strategizing. A further aim is to present the position of marketing (non-) influence within this context. The paper provides a unique theoretical contribution by illustrating some of the contradictions, struggles and activities that make the theoretical shift towards strategic inclusivity unstable, partial and by no means inevitable. A further contribution is a linking of this broader strategic debate, with anxieties over the influence of marketing in corporate strategizing. This leads to a discussion of the various ways that marketing research can sooth the anxiety of influence on multiple fronts via: understanding agency and strategic action; shaping marketing curriculum development; and, reconsidering the spatial dimensions of marketing influence. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-336
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Strategic Marketing
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jul 2009
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2010


  • exclusion
  • inclusion
  • marketing influence
  • resistance
  • strategists
  • strategizing


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