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Development of a Taxonomy of Strategic Market Segmentation: a Framework for Bridging the Implementation Gap between normative Segmentation and Business Practice

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abstract Even though market segmentation is one of the most established concepts in marketing, there are still some shortfalls in the body of research, which create a gap between theory and practice and lead to failure in the implementation of segmentation. The concept of strategic segmentation is specified as key in resolving these issues. It is shown that in any form of strategic segmentation, the following two questions need to be answered consistently: What is the objective of performing market segmentation? Which unit of analysis will be selected for the segmentation? Based on empirical findings, a taxonomy of four market segmentation strategies is developed that addresses these shortfalls. The findings show that segmentation can be induced from the customer as well as from the market; but most importantly, there has to be consistency between the objective and the unit of analysis of a market segmentation. These findings provide both useful managerial implications as well as a framework for further research.
   
type journal paper
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2005
journal Journal of Strategic Marketing
publisher Taylor & Francis (Abingdon)
ISSN 0965-254X
ISSN (online) 1466-4488
DOI 10.1080/09652540500171340
volume of journal 13
number of issue 3
page(s) 151-173
review not reviewed
   
citation Sausen, C., Tomczak, T., & Herrmann, A. (2005). Development of a Taxonomy of Strategic Market Segmentation: a Framework for Bridging the Implementation Gap between normative Segmentation and Business Practice. Journal of Strategic Marketing, 13(3), 151-173, DOI:10.1080/09652540500171340.