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MC6005 - Customer Relationship Management (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Customer Relationship Management
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 292
219 hours Guided independent study
73 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 50%   Individual written examination (unseen)
Group Coursework 30%   Group report/portfolio 4000 words
Group Presentation 20%   Group video/visual/online presentation 15 Mins
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This 30-credit module gives a well-balanced coverage of strategy and organisation, marketing aspects, analytical CRM, operational CRM, CRM systems and their implementation. It is intended to cover the entire scope of CRM from a marketing management angle and tackle challenges in relation to B2B as well as B2C relationship marketing. This module targets advanced undergraduate retail management students, as well as those advanced students taking courses in direct marketing, database management or business intelligence.
This module is structured into three parts. In the first ten weeks students are becoming familiar with the most recent academic developments in the field of CRM. Emphasis is placed on defining, analysing and measuring loyalty in retail and on exploiting customer information databases. During the next ten weeks the module focuses on the role and contribution of marketing to CRM. Students explore the whole array of digital and direct marketing tools, aspects related to fashion retail branding and channels of distribution through real-time case studies of British and international retail companies. The third part of the module is centred on understanding CRM systems and CRM measurements. Students will learn how to plan and evaluate customer journeys for a variety of retail organisations, including fashion. All students enrolling onto this module have access to a plethora of secondary sources about customer relationship management, database and digital marketing, including mobile, email, SEO marketing, made available to them with the help of specialists from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.
In order to cope with this advanced level module, students enrolling on this module must have good levels of knowledge of online retail, fundamentals of management, retail supply chain and marketing with emphasis on brand communications.

Skills development includes: problem-solving, numeracy skills, academic reading, advanced academic and practitioner researching, critical thinking, academic writing, advanced digital literacy and IT skills, time management, team and leadership skills, independent working, intellectual discussion and awareness of contemporary debates in the business management related disciplines.  Assessment components provide the vehicle for skills development.
This module bears a critical element of employability in that it helps students enhance their numeracy skills by teaching them analytical models currently used in UK and foreign retail practice.

Module aims

The main aims of the module are to:

  1. Broaden students’ understanding of the role CRM plays in customer conversion and retention but also in generating loyalty and long-term profitability for retail businesses
  2. Help students understand the different types of relationships at consumer and industrial level, and appreciate the complexity of relationship management in retail
  3. Help students understand the challenges of managing customer information databases, as well as aspects related to CRM ethics and customer data protection
  4. Enable students to develop appropriate strategies to manage a customer portfolio.
  5. Enable students to enhance their numeracy skills, critical thinking abilities and their capabilities to develop strategic solutions to retail businesses in a variety of contexts and situations.


Understanding customer-supplier relationships
Defining customer relationship management (CRM); the ten golden rules of CRM
Defining loyalty, the loyalty ladder, physical and digital touchpoints; application to the retail industry
Customer experience gap
Customer Journey and DNA in a retail context; B2B vs B2C

Strategy and Organisation
CRM as an integral business strategy in retail
The relationship oriented organisation

Customer knowledge strategy in retail
Customer data management in fashion retail; databases and their role; data analysis and data mining
Segmentation and selections
Retention and cross-sell analyses in retail
Management reporting: measuring, learning and optimising; benchmarking, NPS scores

The role of marketing
The five broad stages of CRM
The customer proposition: Simplicity, Single-minded, Persuasive, Emotional
Customer lifetime value in retail
Type of bond with customers: financial, structural and emotional; the 40 emotional drivers
Engaging customers
The relationship policy
Internal marketing and internal relationships
Service quality
Customer trust

Multi-channel management
Personal selling
Online environment
Contact centre management
Customer portfolio management

CRM Systems and their implementation
CRM systems
Implementation of CRM systems; Loyalty schemes and ROI
Generating consumer insights: database analysis, research, brand experience
Techniques used to recognise customers: decile analysis, Pareto diagram, RVF score, retention analysis, penetration analysis, behaviour analysis, portfolio analysis, predicting customer defection, propensity to rebook, predicting cross-selling, identify switching
Customer profitability experience; cost-benefit analysis
Planning customer contact strategies though the customer lifecycle
Ethical issues in CRM practice
The future of CRM theory and practice

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered over a 30 week period and consists of 1.5 hour lectures and 1.5 hour seminars each week. Exceptions to this are the designated employability week and teaching weeks: 13 and 28 (where week 1 is the first teaching week of the academic year) which are used for research and preparation for examinations.

The module is delivered via lectures and seminars. Supporting material is made available via Weblearn, which facilitates a blended learning approach to include wider reading and other materials to support the syllabus. The seminars serve to anchor knowledge imparted in the lectures and provides a forum for:

  • A better understanding of lectures through small group discussions, case study/ journal article/problem solving analysis and interchange of questions and answers.
  • Assist students in relating their knowledge to the fashion retailing discipline and profession
  • Applied understanding of technical skills required for carrying out research in order to assist in employability skills for future careers in fashion retailing. Students will need to consider this aspect of the module as part of their personal development and be able to produce examples in a portfolio of the research skills for a future employer.

In addition, the seminars incorporate summative and formative feedback in order for students to have an opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate their performance.

Activity Week – usually Week 7 (where week 1 is the first teaching week of the academic year)
Activity week 7 is used to stimulate ideas and activities for students from different subject groups taking this module to enhance PDP.  Activities allow students to further develop their team skills, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.z`

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of customer loyalty and the meaning and application of CRM
  2. Understand how customers interact, use and buy from brands
  3. Successfully apply analytical methods to measure customer retention and loyalty
  4. Plan and target a customer contact strategy, using the optimum mix of online and offline communications and services
  5. Plan, devise, implement and evaluate a profitable customer retention strategy

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy consists of three components, which aim to assess the module’s learning outcomes. These assessments require students to think critically and apply the knowledge gained during the module.  The deadlines are set based on Week 1 being the first teaching week of the academic year.
1) a 2-hour individual written examination (unseen); weighing 50%; weeks due: 15
2) group report/portfolio of 4000 words; weighing 30%; week due: 31
3) group video/visual presentation; duration: 15-mins; weighing 20% ; weeks due: 30-31 

1) Individual written examination (unseen)
Students’ depth, breadth, knowledge and understanding of the first ten weeks or so of taught material is tested through a 2-hour individual written examination. Students are required to make use of advanced reading from many academic journals articles in order to critically review a given body of CRM concepts, frameworks and theories.
Learning outcomes assessed: 1,2,3
Skills development: improve one’s ability to think critically and write effectively in relation to current issues in fashion retail strategy (I,P,A), develop the skills to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a large body of concepts, ideas and theories related to fashion retail strategy (I,P,A); individual research skills (P,A); time management skills (P,A); intellectual discussion and awareness of contemporary debates in the business management related disciplines (I,P,A).

2) Group report/portfolio
Students are required to work in groups of 3 to 5 for this portfolio. Each group should assume the role of the CRM team working for a fashion business. Each group must develop a customer retention strategy for a fashion business. This is a practical report where students demonstrate their awareness of customer journeys and of CRM practices world-wide as well as their ability to create solutions in a real business environment. Individuals must demonstrate in-depth/advanced grasp of the theoretical frameworks supporting their business solutions. Students must also propose analytical measurements to evaluate the retention strategy. Referencing must be carried out using the Harvard System. The portfolio should be no longer than 4000 words and divided in relevant sections as per the information contained in the handbook; weighing: 30%; week due: 31. This group report is complemented by a group presentation, detailed in assessment 3 (below).
Learning outcomes assessed: 2,3,4,5
Skills development: research skills (P,A); skills collation of relevant data and the synthesis of information to make meaningful analysis (P,A); critical judgement regarding the quality and validity of data and the analysis of information to develop appropriate plans (P,A); improve the ability to work independently (P,A), significantly improve one’s entreprise skills, including taking initiative, showing leadership, taking calculated risks (I,P,A), numeracy, completing tasks and projects (I,P,A); referencing skills (A).

3) Group video/visual/online presentation
Each group is required to present their assessment two findings by means of a 15 mins oral assessment focusing on the proposed retention strategy and the rationale behind each recommendation; aside from assessing subject knowledge, the presentation assesses students’ ability to work independently, to formulate and defend a complex argument in a logical manner and their ability to work well in a team; more details on the presentation will be given via the module handbook and in class; weighing: 20%. Weeks due: 30-31.
Learning outcomes assessed: 2,3,4,5
Skills development: oral presentation (P,A), researching and analysing data (P,A), problem-solving (P,A), team skills (P,A), synthesis skills (P,A), time management skills (A) digital literacy and IT skills (P,A)


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Goldenberg, B. (2008) CRM in Real Time, ISBN-13: 978-0910965804
Hill, N., Roche, G. and Allen, R. (2007) Customer Satisfaction,  ISBN-13: 978-095541611
Shaw, C. (2007) The DNA of Customer Experience, ISBN-13: 978-0230500006
Finnegan, D. and Willcocks, L. (2007) Implementing CRM, ISBN-13: 978-0470065266
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BuzzMetrics –
Customer Management Bulletin –
Hitwise –offering relevant statistics and newsletters – – emerging consumer trends – advice from specialist consultants