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The role of corporate branding in a market driving strategy

Veronika Tarnovskaya (Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden)
Ulf Elg (Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden)
Steve Burt (Department of Marketing, Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 10 October 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between corporate branding and market driving. This is achieved by focusing on key dimensions of brand identity such as brand values and staff behaviours, while acknowledging the role of vision and organisational culture. The links between these brand constituents and the actual activities of the firm in a market are explored through interactions with stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is based on an in‐depth case study of IKEA at a corporate level and its local market activities in Russia. The single‐case approach is used to generate insights into how corporate branding is related to market driving practices and to identify the mechanisms of market driving in the Russian market.

Findings

The corporate brand provides a further source of the “leap” in customer value recognised as a requirement for a market driving approach. Through a case study of IKEA in Russia it is shown that the core values of the brand guide both the behaviour and activities of internal stakeholders and the relationships with external stakeholders, and the interactions between the corporate “global” brand values and local market level activities are explored.

Originality/value

The paper provides insights on the role of a corporate brand as a driving force of market driving from a broad stakeholder perspective.

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Citation

Tarnovskaya, V., Elg, U. and Burt, S. (2008), "The role of corporate branding in a market driving strategy", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 36 No. 11, pp. 941-965. https://doi.org/10.1108/09590550810911692

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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