This edition combines coverage of key topics in services marketing with a variety of articles selected from such areas as marketing, organisational behaviour, operations management, and strategy literature. The balance of text and readings apparent in the fourth edition highlights the increased emphasis on services in the marketing field. Coverage of key topics is combined with state-of-the-art readings and the integration of real-world examples in each chapter. With emphasis on contemporary ethical and international issues in services marketing, this text remains an invaluable source of learning in this field. Features: * "Services in Action" boxed features integrate real-world service examples in every chapter. * Text emphasises contemporary ethical and international issues in services marketing. * Bateson's classic structure is seen through the coverage of key topics in services marketing combined state-of-the-art readings in the field. * An excellent variety of articles have been selected from areas such as marketing, organisational behaviour, operations management, and strategy literature. The marketing implications of all topics are emphasised in the textual material. * New Chapters: "The Service Operations", "The Physical Setting", "Competing as a Service Firm: Generic Competitive Strategies", "Customer Satisfaction System", "Service Recovery", and "The Customer Retention System". * Completely rewritten Chapter 3 "Understanding the Service Operation"
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Now a private consultant in the services sector, John E.G. Bateson previously served as Group Chief Executive Officer of SHL Group and was a Senior Vice-President and Practice Leader with Gemini Consulting in the Gemini Group. He has also taught as Associate Professor of Marketing at the London Business School in England, and was a visiting associate professor at the Stanford Business School. Prior to teaching, he was a brand manager with Lever Brothers and a marketing manager with Philips. Dr. Bateson holds an undergraduate degree from Imperial College, London, a masterÂ's degree from London Business School, and a Ph. D. in marketing from the Harvard Business School. He has published extensively in the services marketing literature, including in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Retailing, Marketing Science, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He is also the author of Managing Services marketing: Text and Readings (Dryden) and Marketing Public Transit: A Strategic Approach (Praeger). Dr. Bateson was actively involved with the formation of the services division of the American Marketing Association, where he served on the Services Council for four years and has chaired sessions of the AMA Services Marketing Conference. He also served on the steering committee of the Marketing Science Institute.
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