Establishing Human Brands: Determinants of Placement Success for First Faculty Positions in Marketing
Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 922-941, 2011
52 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2012
Date Written: August 30, 2010
In this paper, based on primary data spanning five years, we examine factors that influence the entry-level placement of marketing doctoral candidates at U.S. universities and colleges. Contributing to the emerging research on human brands, we identify marketing doctoral candidates’ intrinsic and extrinsic brand cues that influence their number of AMA interviews, campus visit offers, and starting base salary. The strongest brand cue is the research productivity of candidates’ doctoral degree-granting departments. A related cue that also predicts initial salary is the candidates’ advisors’ research record. Further, when beginning the job search, doctoral students who have a top research publication, a dissertation proposal defended with data, and who have attended the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium receive a substantial entry salary premium. Based on branding frameworks and theories of academic rewards, this study adds to the emerging knowledge on both the concept of human brands as well as the growing literature on issues relating to marketing academia.
Keywords: labor market, academia, scholarship, marketing, branding, human brands, theories of competitive rewards
JEL Classification: M31
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