This edition continues to equip students with the kwledge and skills required to successfully undertake marketing research. Combining a solid theoretical foundation with a practical, step-by-step approach, the marketing research process is explored through a learning model which is reinforced throughout the text. Using a raft of contemporary local and international examples, data sets and case studies to explain traditional marketing research methods, it also examines new theories and techniques such as grounded theory, ethgraphy, phemelogy, automated interviewing, text, data mining and the increasing use of online panels. To strength its 'learning by doing' approach, this edition of integrates Qualtrics, a robust and easy-to-use online survey tool that provides students with a platform for designing, distributing and evaluating survey results. For analysing data, the text covers both SPSS and Excel outputs. Finally, each stage of research reporting is explained, as well as a range of presentation methodologies. This text is indispensible for students studying marketing research in any business or marketing course.
Barry J. Babin has authored over 70 research publications in some of the most prestigious research periodicals, including the JOURNAL OF MARKETING, THE JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, THE JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, THE JOURNAL OF RETAILING, PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS, PSYCHOLOGY AND MARKETING, and THE JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF MARKETING SCIENCE, among others. Babin is currently Max P. Watson, Jr., Professor of Business and chair of the department of marketing and analysis at Louisiana Tech University. He has won numerous honors for his research, including the Louis K. Brandt Faculty Research Award from the University of Southern Mississippi (on three occasions), the 1996 Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) Steven J. Shaw Award, the 1997 Omerre Deserres Award for Outstanding Contributions to Retail and Service Environment Research, and the Academy of Marketing Science's Harold W. Berkman Distinguished Service Award. He is a former president of the Academy of Marketing Sciences and the Society of Marketing Advances, and he currently serves the marketing editor for the JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH. Babin's research focuses on the effect of the service environment in creating value for employees and customers. His expertise is in building and understanding value that leads to long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with employees and customers. His primary teaching specialties involve consumers and service quality, marketing research, and creative problem solving. A frequent international lecturer, he has presented in Australia, South Korea, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Ben Lowe is a Reader in Marketing at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. He has been a marketing academic in the UK and Australia for over 10 years and has taught across the marketing curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Ben has also published extensively in the field of consumer behaviour, and has made contributions to our understanding of pricing, innovation adoption, social marketing, marketing communications and interactive marketing. Qualifications: PhD (Griffith), BBus (Monash), BCom (Sydney), PGCHE (Kent) Hume Winzar is an Associate Professor in Business at Macquarie University, Sydney. He is regarded as one of Australia's authorities on conjoint analysis and research design. Over the last 30 years he has taught the full range of marketing courses in universities across Australia, SE-Asia, Eastern Europe, Canada and the USA. Hume currently teaches in marketing research and marketing metrics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also published in marketing theory, consumer behaviour and research methodology and he has contributed to publications in psychology, management, accounting and banking. Qualifications: B.Business (QUT), MBA (UQ), M.Commerce.(Bond), PhD (Sydney), GCHE (Griffith) William G. Zikmund, Ph.D., was a professor of marketing at Oklahoma State University until his death in 2002. He received his bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Colorado, a master of science degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Colorado. Professor Zikmund worked in marketing research for Conway/Millikin Company and Remington Arms Company before beginning his academic career, and he had extensive consulting experience with business and not-for-profit organizations. Professor Zikmund published dozens of articles and papers in a diverse group of scholarly journals, including the JOURNAL OF MARKETING, ACCOUNTING REVIEW, and the JOURNAL OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY. He was the author of the successful textbooks EXPLORING MARKETING RESEARCH, BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS, MARKETING, and EFFECTIVE MARKETING, as well as a work of fiction: A CORPORATE BESTIARY. Professor Zikmund was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Mar