What exactly is the Philip Kotler Award won by PM Modi? If you are wondering what is the Philip Kotler award and who is Prof. Philip Kotler then here are the complete details that you need to know. PM Narendra Modi has received this award in January 2019.

You would have heard it in the news that the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has received the first ever Philip Kotler Award. And you would be wondering what is the Philip Kotler Award?

If you are a marketer or a marketing student, then the name Philip Kotler would’ve rung a bell for sure. For the uninitiated, here’s a little bit about Philip Kotler.

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Who is Philip Kotler?

Any marketing student would’ve read his books on Marketing. That’s because Mr. Philip Kotler is probably the most renowned and well-regarded personality in the marketing student community.

Philip Kotler is an S. C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.

Prof. Kotler has more than 60 Marketing books to his name. As of 2019, Kotler is 87 years old.

The most famous of his books, the book on Marketing Management, is referred by the students as the main textbook in the best B-schools in India.

what is the philp kotler award

The biggest reason why Prof. Philip Kotler is so highly regarded in the community is because of this book.

Written in the 1960s, this book is so special because this was the first time any literature on Marketing gave structure to the tacit knowledge that was always known to the marketers but never written anywhere.

Marketing has always been based on the marketer’s golden gut. This book came in and became sort of the rulebook for marketer’s to play according to.

Naturally, such a textbook made it easier for the learners of marketing to grasp the concepts in a much easier way.

However, it will be surprising for many to know that a person who is referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Marketing’ has multiple degrees, not in Marketing, but in Economics!


Here’s a little more history on Prof. Philip Kotler.

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Prof. Kotler was born in the region which is currently known as Ukraine. His family moved to Chicago in 1917 where he continued to live and went on to receive his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Eventually, he received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Ph.D. was also in Economics.

Prof. Kotler started teaching Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management in the 1960s. He saw Marketing as an essential part of Economics.

This is because he believes that demand is not only affected by price (as believed in Economics) but also by various marketing elements such as advertising, sales promotions, direct mail etc.


What is the Philip Kotler Award?

The Philip Kotler award conferred upon the Indian PM Mr. Narendra Modi is decided and awarded by the World Marketing Summit (WMS). The WMS is an organization founded by Prof. Philip Kotler in 2011.

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Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the organization is committed to “creating a better world through Marketing”.

In India, the World Marketing Summit came into an association with an Aligarh based company, Suslence Research International Institute Private Ltd (SRIIPL) and Kotler Impact to organize this summit for a period of three years.

Kotler Impact happens to be the Marketing and Sales partner of the World Marketing Summit.

Along with that, it is said that in 2018, Prof. Kotler gave his permission to Kotler Impact and the Department of Management Studies at ISM Dhanbad to use his name for certain awards.

After this agreement came up an award for recognizing the marketing excellence among the Indian Industries. This award is the Kotler Marketing Excellence (KME) Awards.

The KME Awards, are developed to recognize genuine mastery in the field of marketing by celebrating exceptional achievements of organizations.

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Philip Kotler Award to PM Modi

There have been so many questions since yesterday that what is the Philip Kotler Award that has been presented to PM Narendra Modi. I explained to you about the Kotler Marketing Excellence award above.

However, the award conferred upon PM Narendra Modi is not the Kotler Marketing Excellence Awards but is the Kotler Presidential Awards.

The Wire reports that the Director of ISM Dhanbad, Dr. Pramod Pathak, has suggested that the Kotler Marketing Excellence Awards are decided by a separate process from the Kotler Presidential Award given to PM Modi.

One of the people who is said to be the point person for the Kotler Presidential Award is Mr. Tauseef Zia Siddiqui. Mr. Siddiqui is the founder of the Aligarh based company mentioned above, Suslence Research International Institute Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Siddiqui was on the award committee for WMS18’s Marketing Excellence Awards.

The selection process of the Kotler Presidential Award has not been disclosed and Mr. Siddiqui has been quoted by the Wire saying that the Kotler award given to PM Modi “is a very confidential award”.


Confusion Regarding the Kotler Award to PM Modi

A lot of news stories have been doing rounds in the Indian media with doubt on the veracity of the award. The news has been mocked by many on the social media.

However, to clear the air regarding the award Prof. Kotler has shared a series of tweets on the twitter account @Kotlr. Here are the tweets where he sort of extends a clarification or reasoning behind giving the award to PM Modi.

However, what seems to be an original Twitter account is neither Twitter Verified and only has 10.8K followers as on date.

Further, in the continuing tweet, Prof. Kotler said:

Further, Prof. Kotler shared the link to one of his latest interviews.

In this interview, when asked about who exemplifies what he feels the best kind of leadership is, Prof. Kotler shared that:

“In the political sphere, my organization, the World Marketing Summit (WMS), just presented India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the first Philip Kotler Presidential Leadership Award.  The concept underlying the award is to honor a major public leader who has given new life to democracy and economic growth in that nation.”

Prof. Kotler shared the criteria of what he feels fits a Kotler Leadership Award leader. That kind of a leader, according to him, is one who:

  • believes in representative government and in social justice.
  • believes that a good society will build a healthy business climate.
  • encourages businesses to practice the triple bottom line, namely to balance profits, people, and the planet in their deliberations.
  • sincerely and wholeheartedly works for the Common Good

Prof. Kotler further adds that PM Modi qualifies on all of these criteria.


In Conclusion

Since Philip Kotler is one of the most important Marketing personalities, I had many people asking me about what is the Philip Kotler Award. I hope you are now aware of this burning questions, i.e. what is the Philip Kotler Award that has been conferred upon the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi.

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About the Author:

Darpan is a Marketing Strategist & Consultant by profession and a blogger by hobby. He is an engineer by qualification and also an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Udaipur. In his 6+ years of professional experience, he has crafted go-to-market strategies for brands like Abbott (in Singapore), Genpact and CL Educate apart from the other small and medium businesses which have witnessed growth through his marketing and strategy consultation. Darpan has worked as a Product Head of the biggest vertical of an education technology company in New Delhi.
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