Themes and Topics of Research in Marketing: A Content Analysis of the Articles Published in Three Marketing Journals

Mahmoud Abdel Hamid Saleh


This study aimed at classifying the themes of marketing in the articles published in three top journals in the field of marketing from 2010 to 2014. At the same time, the study aimed at identifying the researchers’ interest and topics in each theme. The study findings demonstrated that the Journal of Marketing Research has got a share of 39% of the total published articles of those three journals, compared to 35% for the Marketing Science journal, and 26% for the Journal of Marketing. With respect to the research themes, extensive interest has been given to consumer behavior at 22%, e-marketing at 10%, advertising at 7%, promotion and pricing at 7% each, product development at 5%, and marketing management at 4%. The study also concluded the researchers’ negligence of important themes in marketing theory, such as: marketing ethics, international marketing, social responsibility, service marketing, competitive analysis, and customer relationship management. Moreover, The study found that each of the three journals has extensively published on some specific themes compared to the other two journals. The journal of Marketing Science has published more articles on e-marketing, channels of distribution, competitive analysis, and marketing ethics. The Journal of Marketing has published more articles on branding, sales and sales management, value creation, services and service quality, customer relationship management, international marketing, social responsibility, and customer loyalty. The Journal of Marketing Research has published more articles on consumer behavior, branding, pricing, retailing, and customer satisfaction.

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International Journal of Business Administration
ISSN 1923-4007(Print) ISSN 1923-4015(Online)


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