"A firm's adeptness in understanding markets and creating, capturing and sustaining unassailable customer value determines its growth and sustainability" (University of Virginia).
First Essay -- Character
In Proverbs 6:16-19, it is explained: "There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among others."
In the American Marketing Association (AMA) website there is a link to a "Statement of Ethics," and several of the components of that statement of ethics relate quite well to Proverbs 6:16-19. Among those ethical principles are several that apply to "haughty eyes."
First of all "haughty" means to be arrogant or think of one's self as superior to others. Hence haughty eyes in Biblical terms means walking a "prideful swagger" and having a higher opinion of himself than others around him (reference.com). In the AMA ethical values marketing managers are asked to "Value individual differences and avoid stereotyping customers," and the AMA asks managers not to depict people (including people of various ethnicities, or of different sexual orientation) in a "…negative or dehumanizing way" (AMA). Importantly, AMA asks managers to "Treat everyone, including our competitors, as we would wish to be treated"; this is almost the same as "love thy neighbor as thyself" in the Bible. It certainly more than implies that haughtiness is unacceptable behavior.
In Proverbs the Lord dislikes "a lying tongue," and in the AMA Ethical Norms section of the website the marketing manager is asked to embrace "…these core values: honesty, responsibility, fairness, respect, transparency and citizenship." In other words, lies are never acceptable and honesty (along with responsibility, fairness, respect, et al.) is the value that is most important in this context. "Strive to be truthful in all situations and at all times," the AMA asserts.
As to the fact that the Lord hates "hands that shed innocent blood," it would be highly unlikely that a marketing manager would kill someone to get his or her product out there first, but the first ethical norm in the AMA website is: "Do no harm," which of course isn't urging managers not to kill another human, but rather "Do no harm" simply says that a manager should "…avoid harmful actions or omissions" by putting ethical values ahead of dark human impulses.
The Lord also despises a "heart that devises wicked plans," and the AMA clearly addresses this issue: "Foster trust in the marketing system…[strive] for good faith and fair dealing so as to contribute toward the efficacy of the4 exchange process as well as avoiding deception in product design, pricing, communication and the delivery of distribution" (AMA). Also the AMA urges marketing managers to "Avoid using coercion with all stakeholders" and to avoid "false, misleading and deceptive promotion."
Proverbs presents the following that the Lord objects to strenuously: feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies." The AMA demands that marketing managers "Reject manipulation and sales tactics that harm customer trust"; as to false witness, the AMA asks managers to avoid becoming involved in a conflict of interest and to refuse to "…engage in price fixing, predatory pricing, price gouging or 'bait and switch' tactics."
Engaging in illegal and unethical activities would be like "feet that make haste to run to evil" because indeed it is evil to deceive the public and to become involved in conflicts of interest. Treating customers, buyers, suppliers, intermediaries and distributors "…from all cultures" with respect is the duty of the marketing manager, and to "breathe out lies" is not only an un-Christian-like behavior, it is unethical and can lead to a company being publically admonished because of scandal.
The last think a marketing manager should do is to "sow discord among others" because that would go against the AMA ethic on Citizenship: "Contribute to the overall betterment of marketing and its reputation." Tearing down the reputation of a company by sowing "discord" (which can be lies, unfair attacks, or otherwise untoward behaviors) is an anathema to ethical behaviors (AMA).