Relationship Marketing in Professional Services: A Case Study of Architectural Practice

Kilpady, Nikhil (2005) Relationship Marketing in Professional Services: A Case Study of Architectural Practice. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Relationship Marketing has stimulated considerable interest as a new marketing paradigm in both the business and the academic worlds. This thesis contributes to the discussion by providing an analysis of the relationship formation process in professional services' with particular reference to architectural practice. It involves theoretical discussion of the content and context of professional service relationships, and a substantial case evidence of relationship initiation pertaining to an architecture firm in the UK, i.e. Lewis & Hickey Ltd. and their clients.

Through the comparison of existing theory and the case description, an adapted process model of architect-client relationships in early stages of relationship formation is constructed. The role of reputation and its effects on professional service relationships is also identified and explored. Based on the analyses, recommendations for customer acquisition through RM strategies are provided for Lewis & Hickey Ltd., professional service firms, and their prospective clients.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 21:11
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/20027

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