Rick Wilson

MARKETING
Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
Associate Director, Kellogg Center for Global Marketing Practice

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RICK WILSON is a leading international expert on structuring and managing marketing channels that drive company differentiation and competitiveness, and developing senior marketing leadership skills around eCommerce, social media, and consumer engagement.

In 25 years of research, teaching, and advisory engagements on growth, marketing and distribution strategy issues, Rick has examined or worked directly with leaders of global manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and services institutions in over 100 business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. A popular speaker, Rick has delivered keynote addresses on routes-to-market strategy at conferences around the world.

Rick’s teaching assignment includes “Digital Marketing and Commerce”, "Social Media and Engagement” and “Marketing Channel Strategies” across the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. A clinical professor in Kellogg’s MBA program, Rick has taught at Kellogg since 1998 and collaborated with faculty at the school prior to that. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Rick serves as Associate Director of the Kellogg Center for Global Marketing Practice. There he is working with Kellogg faculty to link the school’s rigorous academic research to students, alumni, practitioners, corporations, foundations, and other institutions to advance marketing knowledge and stimulate global marketing thought leadership.

Rick has most recently written cases and case notes on Digital 2.0 Music Distribution, Coca-Cola Amatil, Target.com, Customer Experience Systems, Stihl Inc., Colfax Corporation. For MBA students, he has organized school-wide team competitions on new digital and brick & mortar distribution trends, most recently in energy drinks and video games.

Rick is also managing director of Chicago Strategy Associates, a faculty-based corporate advisory firm focused on distribution and marketing strategies which he founded in 1991. Prior to that he was in sales and marketing positions with The Eastman Kodak Company.

Rick received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Statistics from Miami University.

Twitter: Marketing_Rick

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Cases
Wilson, Richard. 2010. Target Corporation: Maintaining Relevance in the 21st Century Gaming Market. Case 5-110-003 (KEL442).
Wilson, Richard. 2009. Technical Note: Customer Experience Systems. Case 7-308-002 (KEL419).
Wilson, Richard. 2009. Coca-Cola Amatil: A Bottler Recharging Growth With Energy Drinks. Case 5-408-755 (KEL449).
Wilson, Richard. 2008. Colfax Corporation: Designing a Middle East Oil and Gas Distribution System. Case 5-408-750 (KEL405).
Wilson, Richard. 2008. Stihl Incorporated: Go-to-Market Strategy for Next-Generation Consumers. Case 5-308-501 (KEL398).

 
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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Marketing Channel Strategies (MKTG-451-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Marketing, Marketing Management

Marketing channels are analyzed as systems of interrelated and interdependent organizations engaged in making goods and services available for consumption by industrial, institutional and household consumers. This course emphasizes the means by which effective and efficient distribution networks (comprising manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, transportation firms and other actors in the distribution process) can be constructed. Particular attention is given to examining the behavioral dimensions of channel relations, the roles of channel members, their use of power, the conflicts that arise among them and their communication procedures. Government and other constraints on channel activities are also examined. Cases are used for illustrative and analytical purposes.

Digital Marketing and Commerce (MKTG-957-0)

In this experiential learning class you and your business team members will create an online retail strategy and working internet commerce site – including positioning your retail brand against target consumers, choosing category assortment, negotiating certain terms with vendors, setting prices and promotions, managing inventories, developing messaging and advertising, factoring in competition, and constructing a viable online business model. Then comes the hard part: real consumers will shop your stores at a KSM online shopping Mall. Depending on how they shop and what they buy, you must react, fast and effectively as the ‘pop-up’ online store will only be open for a few weeks during the course. But even in that short time, you are likely to find that your effective strategy by the end of the course turns out altogether different from the one you developed at launch. That’s real life and real business. And just as in business, you will be evaluated on your team’s ability to optimize performance and results, as measured by a range of relevant retailing results metrics and shopper insights. This new experiential Marketing course builds on material covered in Marketing 430, Marketing 466, and other Marketing classes, and is a unique opportunity for Kellogg students to interact with an impressive list of top digital marketing and commerce executives who will speak about current topics and current practices within a structured academic setting. The course will be highly relevant to students with career interests in internet marketing, online commerce, consumer products, product and merchandising management, new business development, and entrepreneurial start-ups.

PLEASE NOTE: MKTG-957 cannot be dropped after the first week of classes.



At the Forefront: Social Media and Engagement (MKTG-958-B)
The Social Media and Engagement course provides a strategic and marketing leadership perspective on how companies are harnessing new demand generation opportunities in a world of hyper-connected consumers. The course moves through a series of discussions that address how effective marketing leaders are using new social strategies, tools, platforms and analytical packages through each of the three key phases of achieving consumer engagement and consumption: acquisition, amplification and adoption. The emphasis of the course is on understanding consumers’ social interactions, the various social media channels platforms available to marketers, how to build marketing strategies that leverage social dynamics, and how to track and manage the effectiveness of social campaigns and initiatives.

This course provides a combination of lecture, senior marketing practitioner interaction, and hands-on experiential exercises to expose students to a range of contemporary developments in social media and consumer engagement. Senior marketing leaders from companies such as Kraft, Coca-Cola, Quaker, SC Johnson and Wilton will share leading-edge social insights from the CMO’s lens. The MKTG-958_B five-week course focuses tightly on consumer engagement strategy, and as such serves as a useful complement to other existing Kellogg courses that build a deeper foundational understanding of related aspects of social and consumer marketing, including MKTG-454 (Advertising Strategy), MKTG-458 (Consumer Insight for Brand Strategy), MKTG-955 (Digital Marketing Analytics), and MORS-945 (Social Dynamics and Networks Analytics).