The Evolution of Consumerism in the Marketing Education: A Critical Discussion Based on Mezirow's Critical Reflection

Spais, G.S. (2014) "The evolution of consumerism in the marketing education: A critical discussion based on Mezirow’s critical reflection”. In: Handbook of Research on Consumerism in Business and Marketing: Concepts and Practices. Kaufmann, H.R. and Ali Khan Panni, M. (eds.) IGI Global, 45-77.

Posted: 25 Apr 2014

Date Written: April 25, 2014

Abstract

The chapter examines how consumerism-one of the primary key themes in marketing and business courses- has evolved the last decade and envisages the shape of these set of courses in the future. From the 1,935 words for 20 key-concepts counted in 141 online course descriptions in English of the last 10 periods delivered by Business and Management Schools or Business/Marketing Academic Depts. of 88 Universities and Colleges, “Marketing”, “business”, “ethics” and “social responsibility” were included in 100% of the course descriptions analyzed, indicating their coverage by all courses. In order to investigate the five (5) research objectives, HCA was adopted for an exploratory analysis based on single-linkage clustering method to reveal natural groupings of the key concepts within a data set of word counts that were not apparent and then multiple linear regression analyses were conducted. The trend analyses indicated prospects for the increasing focus around specific topics. The interpretation of the research results based on the assumptions of Mezirow’s critical reflection provided very strong recommendations.

Keywords: Consumerism, marketing education, content analysis, course description, business studies, business science, marketing studies, marketing science, Tranformative Learning Theory, Mezirow, critical reflection

JEL Classification: M31, M30, M39, I21

Suggested Citation

Spais, George S., The Evolution of Consumerism in the Marketing Education: A Critical Discussion Based on Mezirow's Critical Reflection (April 25, 2014). Spais, G.S. (2014) "The evolution of consumerism in the marketing education: A critical discussion based on Mezirow’s critical reflection”. In: Handbook of Research on Consumerism in Business and Marketing: Concepts and Practices. Kaufmann, H.R. and Ali Khan Panni, M. (eds.) IGI Global, 45-77., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429127

George S. Spais (Contact Author)

Hellenic Open University ( email )

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