Taking up the challenge of corporate branding: an integrative framework

De Roeck, Kenneth, Maon, François and Lejeune, Christophe (2013) Taking up the challenge of corporate branding: an integrative framework. European Management Review, 10 (3). pp. 137-151. ISSN 1740-4754

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12010

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This study develops an integrative framework that refines and extends current understanding of corporate branding by highlighting its underlying processes and thereby offering guidance to companies on developing their corporate brand. The proposed integrative framework features a reassessment of the critical position of organizational identity in corporate branding. It also explicitly highlights the central role of an organization's construed and intended images in the design and implementation of a credible and successful corporate brand proposition that can foster stakeholders' organizational identification with and support of the organization. To complement our conceptual work and its theoretical propositions, we present an illustrative case study that contextualizes our framework and examines corporate branding practices at the furniture retailer IKEA and the challenges it faces. As a whole, this study helps unravel the key processes at play in corporate branding practices within a more manageable framework.

Keywords:Corporate branding, Organizational identity, Reputation, Construed image, Intended image, IKEA
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N500 Marketing
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:14095
Deposited On:20 May 2014 12:50

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