The implicit distinction in the buyer behaviour literature between the contexts of consumer markets and organizational markets has lead to a bifurcated approach to the development of buyer behaviour theory. While useful, even necessary, for teaching and planning purposes, this distinction is inhibiting the development of a generic theory of buyer behaviour and should be questioned. Once the weaknesses of distinguishing so fundamentally between organizations and individuals in terms of their buying behaviour are clarified, a number of key concepts in organizational buyer behaviour clearly require rethinking. More comprehensive empirical research is needed to develop a rigorous theory of buyer behaviour capable of generic application, with appropriate contextual adjustment. The paper explores these issues and suggests some possible conceptual starting points for an integrated classification of buyer behaviour.
European Journal of Marketing – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 2000
Keywords: Purchasing; Consumer marketing; Consumer behaviour; Organizational behaviour