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Type: Journal article
Title: Competitive advantage through sponsorship: A conceptual model and research propositions
Author: Fahy, J.
Farrelly, F.
Quester, P.
Citation: European Journal of Marketing, 2004; 38(8):1013-1030
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0309-0566
Abstract: The increasingly important role played by sponsorship in the marketing mix has given rise to the view that it should be considered a strategic activity with the potential to generate a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. This paper extends that line of argument through the development of a conceptual model of the sponsorship – competitive advantage relationship. In particular, it argues that two levels of competitive advantage need to be considered, namely the competitive advantage of the sponsorship and competitive advantage in the market. Critical to attaining an advantage in the competitive world of sponsorship is the deployment of a range of organisational resources to support the sponsorship investment. A series of research propositions are advanced showing the relative importance of different organisational resources. Effectively resourced sponsorships generate a competitive advantage in the “market” for sponsorships, which in turns leads to competitive advantage and superior performance in product markets. The implications for research and practice are discussed and conclusions are drawn.
Keywords: Competitive advantage; Resource management; Sponsorship
Description: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
RMID: 0020041447
DOI: 10.1108/03090560410539140
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