Marketing Jobs and Management Controls: Toward a Framework
Journal of Marketing Research, Vol. XXV, pp. 406-419, November 1989
Posted: 31 Mar 2007
The authors consider the relationships among two characteristics associated with senior marketing positions (procedural knowledge and performance documentation), four types of management controls, and three jab-related mini pathologies (job tension,dysfunctional behaviors, and information asymmetries between superiors and subordinates). Selected management control theory suggests that the choracteristics of a given marketing position should predict managers' reliance on specific types of management controls. In turn, these controls should directly predict the extent of job-related mini-pathologies. In contrast, contingency theories of control suggest that task characteristics moderate the direct effects of controls on these negative outcomes. In effect, they argue that whether outcomes are positive or negative depends on the extent lo which controls fit a given marketing position. To test these ideas, a national survey of senior morketing personnel was conducted. Three sets of findings emerged. First, the two task characteristics studied generally predict the type af controls-in-use. Second, certain controls-in-use have a modest effect on specific mini-pathologies. Third, the moderating effect of task characteristics is not confirmed, implications for marketing practice and directions for future research in marketing are proposed.
Keywords: Marketing position, jobs, management
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