Flock and Flow: Predicting and Managing Change in a Dynamic Marketplace

Overview

Is it possible any longer to "read" markets fast enough to respond to them? A world of discrete parts is now one interconnected web of ceaseless calculation and response. Marketing has become a thing of speed and turbulence, with all the players moving simultaneously.

For marketing guru Grant McCracken, the key to success in this dynamic new marketplace is to find a way to slow the world down. And McCracken believes he has the solution. It begins with understanding the mechanics...

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Overview

Is it possible any longer to "read" markets fast enough to respond to them? A world of discrete parts is now one interconnected web of ceaseless calculation and response. Marketing has become a thing of speed and turbulence, with all the players moving simultaneously.

For marketing guru Grant McCracken, the key to success in this dynamic new marketplace is to find a way to slow the world down. And McCracken believes he has the solution. It begins with understanding the mechanics at work today. He says, "Complexity has a theory. Commotion has a pattern. Dynamism has a system. We can continue to live by damage control, or we can change the way we play the game." To survive our own world of collision and speed, marketers need to see the world as "flocks and flows."

In this exciting new book, McCracken deploys "complex adaptive theory" to track the movement of trends and new groupings of consumers. He shows how to monitor new trends, whether and when to introduce new brands and brand extensions, how to speak to niche markets, and how to avoid costly mistakes. McCracken’s sage and witty advice could not come at a better time. His book will be a valuable aid for anyone trying to keep up with marketplace changes in our rapidly evolving world.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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"The author attempts to clarify the strategies and goals corporations should employ to market their products using the latest trends. Examples from diverse industries and numerous photos enhance this volume.... Recommended." —Choice
John Deighton
"..Grant McCracken understands as few people do why the markets of today and tomorrow are nothing like the markets in which today's leaders grew up. His book is a profound but entertaining guide to the cultural and technological currents that future strategy will have to navigate. It shows us the patterns that lie behind the turbulence of contemporary consumer markets." —John Deighton, Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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..Grant McCracken understands as few people do why the markets of today and tomorrow are nothing like the markets in which today's leaders grew up. His book is a profound but entertaining guide to the cultural and technological currents that future strategy will have to navigate. It shows us the patterns that lie behind the turbulence of contemporary consumer markets.—John Deighton, Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Flock and Flow: Predicting and Managing Change in a Dynamic Marketplace explains how to monitor trend movement and groups of consumers in today's fast-moving market. Consultant Grant McCracken applies "complex adaptive theory" to marketing. Flow is illustrated by tracing the origins of the mass popularity of everything preppy in the 1980s, when everyone wanted a navy blue blazer with a school crest on the lapel. He advocates a long-term strategy for dealing with trends, proposing four ways to cut response time. Copyright © 2007 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253347596
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Grant McCracken has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Now a member of the branding cultures laboratory at MIT, he has authored several books, including Culture and Consumption II (IUP, 2005), Big Hair (1996), Culture and Consumption (IUP, 1990), and Transformation (IUP, forthcoming). He has been a consultant for many corporations, including the Coca-Cola Company, IKEA, Chrysler, Kraft, and Kimberly Clark. He lives in Rowayton, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: More Like Marshall
Part 1. Consumers in a Dynamic Marketplace
1. In the Flock and Flow
2. Flock and Flow: Early Systems
Part 2. Flock and Flow: The Micro Model
3. Flows
4. Flocks
Part 3. Flock and Flow: The Macro Model
5. The Brand
6. The Consumer
7. The Corporation
Part 4. Flock and Flow: How to Build a System
8. Seventeen Steps in the Flock and Flow System
9. Six Marketing Strategies

Appendix: Where This Book Sits on the Management/Marketing Map
Notes
Index

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