Marketing systems: critical realist interventions towards better theorizing

Hamish Simmonds, Aaron Gazley

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Marketing systems research has the potential to contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities and our environment but we need to ensure that we do not mechanistically apply inadequate approaches. This article identifies tensions and limitations within the developing marketing systems theory and literature. Using the tools of critical realism (CR), we aim to critique the omissions in the metatheory of marketing systems research and then put forward CR to reconstruct a more comprehensive basis for the development of marketing systems theory. We draw attention to the failings of current metatheory in its use of conflationary approaches to theorizing before setting out the features of a CR informed study of marketing systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-159
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Critical Realism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Marketing systems
  • metatheory
  • applied critical realism
  • critique
  • morphogenetic approach


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