New Horizons in International Business series
Edited by Ben L. Kedia and Kelly Aceto
Chapter 10: Customer orientation in emerging markets: concepts and empirical tests
Customer orientation (CO) is a basic marketing concept that has been discussed within the marketing discourse since the 1950s. It suggests that a company should identify and satisfy customers’ needs to maximize customer equity, thus extending business objectives from profit generation to non-financial goals. It can be described as a strategic orientation with focus on developing relationship building and customer awareness capabilities in order to achieve higher business performance. In this chapter we review the CO concept in general, provide insights on its implications in emerging markets and develop propositions for framing future research on CO in emerging markets.
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