This paper conceptualizes the notion of actionable marketing knowledge by investigating how market researchers produce and justify actionable recommendations for their clients. We build upon the market practices approach, as well as a close reading of market research reports, to conceptualize the rhetorical strategies used to guide firms into action. The findings show three rhetorical strategies: First, framing managerial anomalies draws managerial attention to perplexing situations. Second, loading instruments with meaning develops a narrative in which charts and tables “speak for themselves.” Third, signposting prescriptions reduces interpretive flexibility by encoding guidelines within the text intended to lead readers to an intended interpretation. The relevance for business marketing is that by studying the ways representations are encoded in business reports, business scholars can better understand knowledge calibration in the theory-praxis gap.
|Peer-reviewed scientific journal||Industrial Marketing Management|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 21.09.2017|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article - refereed|
- 512 Business and Management
- Business, Markets and Societal Dynamics
- Marketing Logics and Strategizing