Micro-Level Product-Market Dynamics: Shared Knowledge and its Relationship to Market Development
Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2005
Posted: 16 Sep 2004
This work draws on consumer and psychology research to explain sociocognitive aspects of product-market dynamics at a higher level of specificity than prior research. We extend the field's understanding of market-shaping shared knowledge through a theory-informed discussion of how shared product knowledge comes to exist and how it changes as product markets develop. We define shared knowledge as the aspects of product representations that are common across the minds of market actors, making it possible for them to understand one another. The paper also discusses ways to track shared knowledge content that is expressed in market narratives. As the characteristics of shared knowledge are explained and linked to stages of product-market development, we develop a set of researchable propositions to guide future research. The theoretical arguments and propositions in this article complement extant marketing strategy research by integrating individual-level consumer theory with market evolution models.
Keywords: Product-market dynamics, sensemaking, market stories, shared knowledge, cognition
JEL Classification: D11, D21, L10, L21, M10, M31, O30, O32
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