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1 What is Marketing? How can we design better organizations? Hirschman as an example of how to think

2 Agenda Day #1: Introduction to Hirschman, Nuts & Bolts of Exit & Voice A.Who is Hirschman and why might he be helpful to us? B.Hirschman and Marketing i. What is Marketing? ii. What are our customers trying to tell us? iii. Neoclassic economic theory doesn’t care: optimality & slack C. Exit & Voice i. Quality elasticity of demand ii. Types of customers iii. Porter revisited Day #2: Loyalty and the design of organizations A.A Theory of Loyalty B.Big data, marketing and designing organizations for exit, voice & loyalty

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4 Marketing FinanceOperations What is Marketing?

5 It is the marketer’s job to hear the clues from customers that the firm is screwing up! These clues can be either exit or voice, either or which must be interpreted in the context of loyalty.

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7 Economic Theory Doesn’t Care! Nothing more wonderfully concentrates a man's mind than the sure knowledge he is to be hanged in the morning. (Samuel Johnson)

8 Markets & Morality “While moralists and political scientists have been much concerned with rescuing individuals from immoral behavior, societies from corruption, and governments from decay, economists have paid little attention to repairable lapses of economic actors” p. 1. “…the economist can afford to watch lapses of any one of his patients (such as business firms) with far greater equanimity than either the moralist who is convinced of the intrinsic worth of every one of his patients (individuals) or the political scientist whose patient (the state) is unique and irreplaceable” p. 2. How do YOU feel about YOUR business?

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10 “Most human societies are marked by the existence of a surplus above subsistence…Occasional decline as well as prolonged mediocrity – in relation to achievable performance levels – must be counted among the many penalties of progress” p.6.

11 “… basic paradox: society a as whole produces a comfortable and perhaps steadily increasing surplus, but every individual firm…is barely getting by…” p. 9

12 What does SLACK look like at your case study firms?

13 What is Exit, Voice & Loyalty???

14 You can have a successful product anywhere on or below the fair value line! Quality QUANTITYQUANTITY

15 Quantity Quality DETERIORATION Quality Demand Curve Starting quality equilibrium (P 0 ) Decline in quantity with a decline in quality (P 1 ) Quality Elasticity of Demand

16 Quantity Starting quality equilibrium (P 0 ) Decline in quantity with a decline in quality (P 1 ) Quality Quantity Price Lost revenue Exit Lost revenue doe to lost sales VOICE! costs $ Voice Time to hear complaints, restocking, rework

17 “The crucial point can now be made. For any one individual, a quality change can be translated into equivalent price change. But this equivalence is frequently different for different customers of the article because appreciation of quality differs widely among them” (p. 48). “…it is generally best for a firm to have a mixture of alert and inert customers. The alert customers provide the firm with a feedback mechanism which starts the effort at recuperation while the inert customers provide it with the time and dollar cushion needed …” (p. 24).

18 “…consumers with a higher consumer surplus are…those who have most to lose through a deterioration of the product’s quality” (p. 49). “To make that kind of consumer…’actively stay put’ for a while should be a matter of considerable concern for many firms…” (p. 50).

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20 “…voice can be a substitute for exit as well as a complement to it. What are the conditions, then, under which voice will be preferred to exit?” p. 37. Available substitutes? Probability of making a difference? Cost of complaining?

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22 Marketing, Strategy & Organizational Design “…once voice is recognized as a mechanism with considerable usefulness for maintaining performance, institutions can be designed in such a way that the cost of individual and collective action would be decreased.” p. 42

23 “…one of the cheapest, most effective forms of marketing I called extraordinary customer service” – Seth Godin

24 “The various institutions designed to foster loyalty have not been established with the purpose of elaborating an improved mixture of voice and exit…”p. 92. “While feedback through exit or voice is in the long-run interest of organization managers, their short run interest is to entrench themselves and to enhance their freedom to act as they wish, unmolested as far as possible by either desertions or complaints of members.” p. 93 Business Managers don’t want to hear it!

25 Marketing FinanceOperations What is Marketing? Figure out what your customers are saying AND get your organization to hear it!


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