This fascinating book shows that neither managers nor consumers completely control branding processes – cultural codes constrain how brands work to produce meaning. Placing brands firmly within the context of culture, it investigates these complex foundations. Topics covered include:
This excellent text includes case studies of iconic international brands such as LEGO, Nokia and Ryanair, and analysis by leading researchers including John M.T. Balmer, Stephen Brown, Mary Jo Hatch, Jean-Noël Kapferer, Majken Schultz, and Richard Elliott. An outstanding collection, it will be a useful resource for all students and scholars interested in brands, consumers and the broader cultural landscape that surrounds them.
'An impressive book that does much to reconcile the glaring disconnect between the revealed cultural lives of brands and dominant views of how branding works. Positioned squarely at the intersection of theory and practice, and informed by a wide array of perspectives and disciplines, the book is invaluable for practitioners and researchers who have struggled with the contextual, mutable, and co-created realities of the brand. This necessary and useful counterpoint truly advances our understanding of the why and how of brands.' - Susan Fournier, author, brand consultant, and Boston University,USA
Part 1: Corporate Perspectives on Brand Culture 1. Corporate Branding as Strategy: The Case of LEGO Company 2. Corporate Brand Cultures and Communities 3. Ambi-Brand Culture: On a Wing and a Swear with Ryanair 4. The Two Business Cultures of Luxury Brands 5. Managing Leader and Partner Brands: The Brand Association Base Part 2: Clarifying Brand Concepts 6. Brands as a Global Ideoscape 7. Brave New Brands: Cultural Branding between Utopia and A-topia 8. Rethinking Identity in Brand Management 9. Design Management and Branding Management: A Nice Couple or False Friends? Part 3: Consuming Brand Culture 10. Symbolic Brands and Authenticity of Identity Performance 11. Branding Ethics: Negotiating Benetton’s Identity and Image 12. Brand Ecosystems: Multilevel Brand Interaction 13. Selling Dreams: The Role of Advertising in Shaping Luxury Brands Meaning