The vital role of theory in practice
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[German title: Die Zentrale Rolle von Theorie in der Praxis]

Title: Can theoretical knowledge and application yield competitive advantage? 
Author(s): Kjell Grønhaug, Geir Grundvåg Ottesen 
Journal: Marketing Intelligence & Planning 
ISSN: 0263-4503 
Year: 2007 Volume: 25 Issue: 3 Page: 232 – 240 
DOI: 10.1108/02634500710747752 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – Given that marketing practitioners often perceive theory as something abstract, with little relevance to their work, the objective is to explain why and how competent application of theory can be highly useful and even lead to competitive advantage.
Design/methodology/approach – Conceptualisation and personal interpretation, with real-world case examples.
Findings – Knowledge of relevant theoretical principles, if combined with thorough contextual knowledge and applied in a competent manner, can lead to competitive advantage based on better judgement and decisions.
Originality/value – The arguments and conclusions presented in the paper improve understanding of the potentially vital role of theory in practice, and provide a credible alternative to the common misperception that theory is of little value to the practitioner. 

Keywords: Competitive advantage, Experience, Marketing 

Article Type: Viewpoint 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02634500710747752

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