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|Title:||Branding as a dynamic capability: strategic advantage from integrating meanings with identification|
|Citation:||Marketing Theory, 2017; 17(2):183-199|
|Roderick J. Brodie, Maureen Benson-Rea, Christopher J. Medlin|
|Abstract:||A new theoretical framework is developed to scrutinize the strategic advantage for branding. The theoretical framework applies both at the firm level, for the marketing of individual brands and corporate brands, and also to branding where a marketing agent plays a facilitating role within a community or industry. The framework presents branding as a dynamic capability held by a marketing agent within a market network. Two interrelated processes are involved: (i) managing brand identity and (ii) facilitating integration with the social processes that co-create brand meanings for buyers, sellers, and other actors. The social complexity of this dynamic capability makes the brand difficult to imitate and so provides a strong strategic advantage for the marketing organization. An agenda for future research is developed and the article concludes with theoretical and managerial implications.|
|Keywords:||Brand identity; brand image; brand meaning; branding process; dynamic capability; network; operational competence; theoretical framework|
|Rights:||© The Author(s) 2016|
|Appears in Collections:||Business School publications|
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