Value Based Marketing

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Value Based Marketing

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Marketing I and II

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Does marketing have a marketing problem? The influence of marketing in organizations and boardrooms seems to be fading. Marketeers and marketing researchers feel the need to show that marketing is not just spending advertising dollars without knowing whether these investments pay off.

    This course aims to provide a comprehensive view on what it means to create value through marketing and how marketing’s value to customers, firms, shareholders, and other stakeholders is measured. Knowledge of marketing as dealt with in the subjects Marketing I and II is further deepened and related to other subjects (including Finance). The main premise is that marketing, although often associated with customer value only, has recently moved beyond the confines of customer orientation and towards a more holistic stakeholder orientation. It is this stakeholder view we assume, touching upon different forms of creating value for these external entities as well as for the organization itself.

    You will be actively encouraged to apply scientific knowledge in practice and to evaluate the practice on the basis of scientific insights (link with practice). To this end, you will learn to apply quantitative instruments that provide insight into the financial effects of choices in the process of value creation (quantitative skills) and to read academic papers comprehensively and derive their practical implications (academic skills, research skills). You will learn how organizations interpret value creation processes and how they relate to the social context (general development). Furthermore, you will work together as a team and present your insights regularly to your peers, stimulating discussions and feedback (social skills).

    How can marketing be valuable? This is the main question guiding our perspective on value-based marketing. In this respect, we go beyond a narrow definition of the term value-based marketing, which often focuses on questions surrounding the marketing-finance interface ("How does marketing create shareholder value?", "How can marketing activities’ financial value be made explicit?"). By contrast, we take a holistic view on the term "value-based", linking it to customers (consumers, companies), shareholders, partners, society – in short, numerous stakeholders that might be affected by marketing’s value creation and appropriation process. This so-called stakeholder orientation on marketing is relatively new and trying to understand marketing’s impact and responsibility beyond its traditional scope. Unfortunately, marketing is all too often misunderstood and used to achieve results in the short term or to pursue self-interests. In this course, we will see that this one-sided view on marketing is very narrow-minded and often counterproductive. Marketing can be especially valuable for all parties involved if they understand how long-term value can be created (value creation) and appropriated (value appropriation) from the firm. To this end, we study relevant theories and concepts as well as the implementation of value-based marketing in practice.

    To this end, you will study relevant theories and concepts and get acquainted with the implementation of Value-Based Marketing in practice. You will learn the practice of VBM by (a) applying the theory in the lectures, (b) solving cases prepared for class teaching, and (c) applying the theory yourself in the tutorials in the form of group assignments.

    Interactive lectures, case discussions, tutorials

    Individual written exam and group assignments

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