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The dual impetus for perceived brand globalness and brand competence in a rapidly changing environment: the role of Brand-Nation Connection

Jiaxun He (Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China) (Institute for Nation(al) Branding Strategy, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Jiaye Ge (Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China) (Institute for Nation(al) Branding Strategy, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Article publication date: 1 April 2022

Issue publication date: 27 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate how brand innovativeness and national traditions influence perceived brand globalness and brand competence by affecting Brand-Nation Connection (BNC) in the changing world.

Design/methodology/approach

Besides the study of the development and validation of the BNC construct, this paper conducts two studies that use eight global brands from different categories to test hypotheses.

Findings

Two empirical studies show that brand innovativeness and national traditions have positive effects on BNC. Furthermore, technological turbulence moderates the impact of brand innovativeness on BNC, and cultural change moderates the relationship between national traditions and BNC. Meanwhile, BNC is an important determinant of perceived brand globalness, and both BNC and perceived brand globalness positively influence brand competence, with the former exerting a stronger effect.

Practical implications

The findings highlight that in the changing world, the coexistence of brand innovation and cultural traditions through strategic management is essential for brand competence. They also provide guidelines for emerging global brands to incorporate nation-related cues and global signals in their brand positioning to reinforce brand competence.

Originality/value

This study contributes to understanding how brand innovation and cultural traditions create value for emerging global brands in a rapidly changing environment. It also provides implications regarding how BNC helps emerging market brands to go global, and it presents a new understanding that both nation-level brand status and perceived brand globalness are signals that convey brand competence.

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Acknowledgements

This article was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 72072059; Grant No. 71772066). The authors would like to thank Qian Zhang for the data collection and analysis of Study 1 under Yi Wu’s support and the first author’s instruction. Meanwhile, the authors also would like to thank one of the reviewers for his/her suggestion that the scale development process of the BNC construct needs to be fully shown in the article.

Citation

He, J. and Ge, J. (2023), "The dual impetus for perceived brand globalness and brand competence in a rapidly changing environment: the role of Brand-Nation Connection", International Marketing Review, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 4-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-06-2021-0210

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