Exploring engagement and value creation in health social marketing : a service perspective

Luca, Nadina Raluca (2015) Exploring engagement and value creation in health social marketing : a service perspective. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Complex social problems (the continued rise in chronic disease; resource depletion, inequality etc.) call for new social marketing frameworks to accommodate midstream and upstream action which requires collaborations with multiple actors (government, public and private sector). Service-dominant logic (SDL) (Vargo and Lusch, 2004) theoretical developments (systems thinking, value creation, networks etc.) suggest a good compatibility with the collaborative approaches required by midstream and upstream social change (Russell-Bennett, Wood and Previte, 2013). This thesis interrogates the applicability of SDL concepts (value creation and actor engagement) to social marketing. This study focuses on examining the factors influencing engagement, actor motivation and perceived value in a health social marketing context. The study adopts a case study approach and draws upon interviews, observation and document analysis to examine a Smokefree homes and cars programme (‘Smokefree’) in a city in England.

Key findings of this research indicate that adopting a service orientation facilitates contextualising social marketing programmes, building capacity at the community level and adopting a long-term approach which suits better the realities of individuals. However, it also reflects that understanding and addressing contextual factors means considering the fluidity of individuals’ goals and the subjective dimension of value which might challenge pre-set programme objectives. The study indicates that a collaborative approach to value creation poses challenges in addition to the benefits. This study is one of the few (Domegan et al., 2013; Lefebvre, 2012; Russell-Bennett, Wood and Previte, 2013) to contribute to the efforts to examine the implications of a service perspective for extending social marketing theory. One of the main contributions of this study is illustrated by the articulation of service dominant benchmarks for social change programmes. A key implication for policy is that building collaborations with community services is essential to understanding individuals in context, customising offerings and supporting skill development.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Hibbert, Sally
McDonald, Ruth
Keywords: social marketing, service-dominant logic, smokefree, health, social change, value creation, engagement
Subjects: H Social sciences > HF Commerce
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA 421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > Nottingham University Business School
Item ID: 30688
Depositing User: Luca, Nadina
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 09:28
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 17:18
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30688

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