Roots of marketing and Consumer Research at the University of Chicago, Consumption, Markets and Culture
The marketing and consumer research fields began to flourish in the late 1940s after World War II. Social Research, Inc. was founded in 1946 by members of the University of Chicago's faculty. Students at the University's interdisciplinary Committee on Human Development and the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology worked at Social Research, Inc., pioneering the application of behavioral methods of research to problems of business and other organizations. This paper traces the transmission of knowledge from the academic setting to the business environment. It notes especially the influence of members of the university faculty and their theories of human behavior on the emerging fields devoted to the study of consumption and culture.
Levy, Sidney. 2003. Roots of marketing and Consumer Research at the University of Chicago. Consumption, Markets and Culture.: 99-110.