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MANG2045 Services Value for Digital Managers

Module Overview

This marketing module is designed to build upon the understanding of marketing principles gained in introductory marketing classes. It examines how to manage aspects of services marketing and value within the context of digital marketing activities. Hence, it aims to provide practical and analytical guidance for increasing value for both customers and the organisation in a digital landscape.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the role of value and services within marketing. Value is a broad term, but one that embodies what marketing is about. Marketing’s role is to create value for customers, but also to create value for the organisation and its stakeholders. Services account for over 75% of worldwide GDP, and an understanding of their nature is therefore critical to operating as a marketing manager today. Both of these concepts will be explored within a digital and analytical context.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The nature, characteristics, and measurement of value and within the domain of (digital) marketing;
  • The nature, characteristics, and measurement of service within the domain of (digital) marketing.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of value and service problems, and how theoretical and empirical understanding of these problems can be used to enhance the practice of (digital) marketing;
  • Learn techniques to measure value and service, so that these concepts can be effectively managed.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse and create theoretical and empirical evidence of a qualitative or quantitative nature;
  • Communicate orally and/or in writing ideas, knowledge, and arguments with brevity and clarity.

Syllabus

Topics Include: Introduction to Module, Assessments, Concepts of Value; Pricing for Value, Communicating Value; Value-Based Strategy: Driving Value and Growth; Services, Service Encounters, and the Servicescape; The Extended Services Marketing Mix and Value; Customer Expectations and Perceptions, Service Quality and SERVQUAL; Electronic Service Quality, E-SERVQUAL, WEBQUAL, Designing and Using Multi-Item Scales; Measuring (Electronic) Service Quality Part 1: Introduction to (Services) Statistics; Measuring (Electronic) Service Quality Part 2: Factor Analysis and Reliability; Co-Creation of Digital Value: Using Customers in Services; Managing for Value, Leading for Value.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning strategy for this module is to encourage you to actively engage in the subject matter through lectures and seminars which will include individual and group practical exercises, labs and workshops, and case studies. Outside of scheduled class times, students will be expected to organise self-study (reading designated texts, journal papers and critical discussion with peers), and preparation of assessed coursework. Students will be expected to play a highly interactive part in lectures and seminars. Learning activities: • Lectures and small-group seminars • Case studies/problem solving activities • In-class debate and discussion • Private study (reading of suggested texts, journal articles, critical discussion with peers)

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops5
Seminar5
Preparation for scheduled sessions22
Completion of assessment task40
Lecture24
Follow-up work54
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Almquist, Eric, John Senior and Nicolas Block (2016). The Elements of Value. Harvard Business Review. ,0 , pp. pp. 47-53.

Journals. Journal of Marketing European Journal of Marketing Journal of Service Management Journal of Services Marketing Journal of Service Research

Linton C, & Donnelly (2009). Delivering Customer Value Through Marketing. 

Doyle, P. (2008). Value Based Marketing. 

J. Brock Smith and Mark Colgate (2007). Customer Value Creation: A Practical Framework. Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice 15, no. 1. ,0 , pp. 7-23.

Assessment

Formative

Lectures and Seminars

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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