Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Executive Doctorate in Business (EDB)



First Advisor

Dr. Denish Shah

Second Advisor

Dr. Naveen Donthu

Third Advisor

Dr. Veda C. Storey


The ubiquity of the smartphone has proven disruptive. The relevance of this medium can be observed through time spent on mobile media, google mobile search numbers, and direct and indirect sales generated by mobile devices. Consumer expectations of firms have likewise increased, and there is now an anticipation of readily reliable, responsive, and personalized services to support consumers’ everyday activities whenever they need it. Prior research focused on the following themes: mobile marketing strategy, permission marketing, proximity marketing, topicality, and utility. Empirical gaps were identified in the real-time mobile and push mobile marketing domain. A quantitative engaged scholarship research method was utilized to investigate this phenomenon empirically. In partnership with an online information marketplace, an empirical investigation was undertaken via an experiment that used real mobile application users. The empirical findings from the study have several possible implications. First, prior research suggests that mobile marketing is time-sensitive, but consumers require some lead time to respond to the communication. However, this study provides evidence that push mobile communication is different. Unlike traditional mobile marketing, real-time communication, and content topicality work together to increase consumer engagement in push mobile communication. Second, mobile application users would like a guided experience that is both relevant and in real-time. Failing to engage users with any communication or provide a guided experience on the mobile application is as counterproductive as sending users a push communication that is neither relevant nor in real-time. Third, in certain business contexts, typicality takes priority over the timing of the communication. When the business context is ephemeral in nature, timing and topicality are of equal importance. The study contributes to the research by plugging the real-time and push mobile communication literature gap. The study contributes to practice by providing a push mobile marketing framework for firms seeking to orchestrate a sound push mobile communication strategy. Finally, the study acts as a catalyst to a call for research on the scarcely explored areas of real-time and push mobile marketing to move the field forward.