Meeting of the Minds: Creating the Market-Based Enterprise

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Argues that businesses need to view customers as an extension of the company, and suggests ways company departments can work together and still maintain their functional specialties

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Much management literature today focuses on organizational structure, arguing that problems can be solved and corporate performance improved if only companies will restructure. Barabba suggests, however, that information about and from the customer and how it is gathered, disseminated, and used are the key. He reiterates here what he and Gerald Zaltman made the case for in Hearing the Voice of the Market (1991) and what Barabba has discovered in creating a market-based decision network for General Motors as general manager of its Strategic Decision Center. He proposes that managers must "move from (looking at] marketing as a function to [having it] as a state of mind," and he lays out a strategy--and the tools--for doing so. David Rouse

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