Debra Zahay-Blatz, Ph.D.

debra-zahayProfessor of Marketing
Office Location: Dunham Hall, Room 229
Phone Number: 630-844-3825

Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy is that of learner-centered teaching with everyone taking an active role in learning.  I am a “guide on the side” or a coach rather than a “sage on the stage” or a lecturer.  My students are actively involved in service learning and do projects for both local and national companies.

Ph.D. University of Illinois
M.B.A. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
J. D. Loyola University School of Law
A. B. English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

Areas of Specialization
Digital Marketing and Analytics
Customer Information Management

Courses Taught
Internet Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communication
Principles of Marketing
Database Marketing
Data Mining and Visualization

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Winner Best Paper 2013:  Peltier, J., Zahay, D. &  Lehman, D. (2013). Organizational Learning and CRM Success: A Model for Linking Organizational Practices, Customer Data Quality and Performance, Journal of Interactive Marketing 27, pp. 1-13.

Co-Author with MaryLou Roberts (2011), Internet Marketing:  Integrating Online and Offline Strategies, third edition, leading text in the field.

Winner Best Case Award:  Tarter, B., Caravella, M., and Zahay, D. (2009, October). Case:  Allstate Insurance:  Building Relationships through Email Campaigns, Direct and Interactive Marketing Research Summit, San Diego, CA, also published in the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications (2010), 2 (1), 71-79.

Best Paper:  Zahay, D.L. (2003, October). The Role of Transactional versus Relational Data in IMC Programs: Bringing Sales and Marketing Data Together. In DMEF (Ed.) Direct Marketing Educational Foundation Educators’ Conference Proceedings, Orlando, FL. *

Zahay, D. L., Griffin, A., & Fredericks, E. (2011). Information Use in NPD: An Initial Exploratory Empirical Test in the Chemical Industry, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28 (4) 485-502.

Zahay D., Scovatti, C., Peterson, R. and Domagalski, S. (2010). Identifying and Assessing Fundamental Competencies: What Does it Mean to be a Direct and Interactive Marketer, Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education, 17 (Winter), 52-62.

Zahay, D. L. & Griffin, A. (2010). Marketing Strategy Selection, Marketing Metrics and Firm Performance, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing., 25 (2) 84-93.

White, T., Zahay, D. L., Thorbjornsen, H., & Shavitt, S. (2008).  Getting Too Personal: Reactance to Highly Personalized Email Solicitations. Marketing Letters, 19 (1), 39-50.

Zahay, D. L. & Peltier, J. (2008).  Interactive Strategy Formation: Organizational and Entrepreneurial Factors Related to Effective Customer Information Systems Practices in B2B Firms. Industrial Marketing Management, 37 (2), 191-205.

Peltier, J., Schibrowksy, J. A. , Schultz, D. E. , & Zahay, D. L. (2006).  Interactive IMC: The Relational Transactional Continuum and the Synergistic Use of Customer Data. Journal of Advertising Research, 46 (2), 146-159.

Payton, F. C. & Zahay, D. L. (2005).  Why Doesn't Marketing Use the Corporate Data Warehouse? The role of trust and quality in adoption of data-warehousing technology for CRM applications. Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 20 (4/5), 237-244.

Zahay, D. L., Peltier, J., Griffin , A., & Schultz , D. (2004).  The Role of Transactional versus Relational Data in IMC Programs: Bringing Sales and Marketing Data Together. Journal of Advertising Research, 44 (1), 3-18.

Zahay, D. L. & Griffin, A. (2004).  Customer Learning Processes, Strategy Selection, and Performance in Business-to-Business Service Firms. Decision Sciences (Journal of), 35 (2), 169-203.

Zahay, D. L., Griffin , A., & Fredericks, E. (2004).  Sources, Uses, and Forms of Data in the New Product Development Process. Industrial Marketing Management, 33, 657-666.
Zahay, D. L. & Handfield, R. (2004).  The Role of Learning in Adoption of B2B Technologies. Industrial Marketing

Management, 33, 627-641.Payton, F. &

Zahay, D. L. (2003).  Understanding Why Marketing Doesn't Use the Corporate Data Warehouse for CRM Applications. Journal of Database Marketing, 10 (4), 315-326.

Zahay, D. L. & Griffin, A. (2003).  Information Antecedents and Consequences of Personalization and Customization in Business-to-Business Service Markets. Journal of Database Marketing, 10 (3), 255-271-326.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Governance and Elections Committee 2014-2016
I enjoy taking students on trips to visit businesses with local AMA chapter and providing connections for networking and job placement via LinkedIn and attending recruiting events for AU.