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Product Life Cycle concept use and application by marketing decision-makers in small South African organisations

F. J. Herbst
Acta Commercii | Vol 3, No 1 | a36 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v3i1.36 | © 2003 F. J. Herbst | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2003 | Published: 05 December 2003

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F. J. Herbst, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to test the underlying theory of the product life cycle concept with the primary objective of establishing what the use and practical value of the product life cycle concept is in making marketing decisions in small manufacturing and dealer organisations in Gauteng. The main focus was to test the ability of marketing decision-makers in these small organisations to associate their application and use of the product life cycle concept with Kotler's assumptions on marketing characteristics, described marketing objectives and proposed marketing strategies. A major finding was that small organisations tended to display a marketing knowledge level with the existing marketing theory. Another important conclusion of the study was that the current product life cycle concept theory needs to be broadened to include strategies on the expanded marketing mix. Apart from the different use and application by marketing decision-makers in small organisations in South Africa the product life cycle concept theory has potential as a strategic tool and a high likelihood for its future use as a marketing decision-making instrument.

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