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Edward M. Carson Chair in Service Marketing
Professor and Executive Director
Center for Services Leadership
W. P. Carey School of Business
Office: BAC 451
MARY JO BITNER is the Edward M. Carson Chair in Service Leadership, Executive Director for the Center for Services Leadership, and Professor of Marketing at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU). In her more than 25-year career as a professor and researcher, Dr. Bitner has been recognized as one of the founders and pioneers in the field of service marketing and management worldwide. At ASU she was a founding faculty member of the Center for Services Leadership and has been a leader in its emergence as the premier university-based center for the study of services marketing and management. She also serves currently on the Board of the American Marketing Association.
Dr. Bitner is co-author of a leading textbook in services: Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm, McGraw-Hill, 6th edition, 2012. The book is used at the undergraduate and graduate levels at universities across the U.S. and globally, and has been translated into more than eight different languages. In the middle 1990s, Dr. Bitner led the development of the W. P. Carey MBA marketing and service leadership specialization, a unique full-year focus within the nationally ranked W. P. Carey MBA. The degree specialization has existed for over fifteen years and alumni now work in companies worldwide, leading the implementation of service and customer-focused strategies.
In 2003, Dr. Bitner was awarded the Career Contributions to the Service Discipline Award presented by the American Marketing Association. She was also named an IBM Faculty Fellow for her leadership and pioneering work in service science. At ASU, Dr. Bitner has received the W. P. Carey School of Business Graduate Teaching Excellence Award and the award for Outstanding Professor, PhD Programs. She serves as a Distinguished Faculty member at Fudan University, Shanghai, China and has taught for many years in ASUs EMBA program in China.
Dr. Bitner’s current research is concerned with service infusion strategies in goods-dominant companies and the strategic roles of technology and contact employees in determining customer satisfaction with services. She has published articles relevant to service marketing and management in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and the Academy of Management Executive. She holds a BA in Political Science and MBA and PhD degrees in Marketing, all from the University of Washington, Seattle.