Turning to sustainable business practices: A macromarketing perspective

Mark Peterson, Matthew B. Lunde

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Purpose-This paper reviews recent developments in marketing-related sustainable business practices (SBP) that macromarketing scholars have researched and debated for four decades. Such SBPs should be regarded as positive steps toward a future where business does more good than harm in society. Methodology/approach-Using the approach of a literature review, this paper highlights the actions of entrepreneurs and firms to implement SBPs resulting from analysis of the interplay between markets, marketing and society. Such analysis is in the tradition of macromarketing scholarship. Findings-The study identifies important developments about an important shift toward adopting SBPs among many firms, as well as among consumers-especially, in developed countries of the world. Research implications-The study suggests that taking a macromarketing view offers scholars a broad lens on current complex marketplace phenomena that will prove effective in better understanding sustainability issues. Practical implications-The results of the study underline the value of macromarketing scholarship through the last four decades. By being daring enough to consider other stakeholders other than marketers and owners of firms, macromarketers have provided scholars a more holistic understanding of business' role in society. Originality/value-Today, enlightened practitioners who utilize knowledge from macromarketing scholarship can gain a competitive advantage as they navigate markets increasingly influenced by a wider set of stakeholders. Such influential stakeholders include partner firms, employees, society and local communities, NGOs, media, government, as well as the environment and future generations. Scholars can gain perspective on the phenomena they investigate with such a macromarketing lens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-137
Number of pages35
JournalReview of Marketing Research
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Consumer attitudes
  • Green products
  • Macromarketing
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Sustainable development goals


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