Brand Management Research in Family Firms: A Structured Review and suggestions for Further Research

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the relevance of conducting brand management research in a family firm context and to identify future research directions by reviewing and structuring the existing literature.
Design/methodology/approach: The potential consequences of being a family firm on internal organizational processes and stakeholders’ external perception are depicted. Afterwards the literature considering brand management research in family firms is reviewed systematically (n=41) and structured by applying the Organizational Viewpoint Framework. Relevant research questions are derived based on the findings and their practical relevance is tested.
Findings: The contributions are threefold. First, depicting the effects of being a family firm on the organization and its stakeholders highlights the relevance of conducting brand management research in family firms. Second, structuring the literature regarding the effects of being a family firm on organizational identity, intended brand image, construed brand image, and reputation helps derive research questions of theoretical and practical relevance that will serve the field as a guide for future research directions. Third, by extending the Organizational Viewpoint Framework originating from brand management research with the element of being a family firm, a further attempt at bridging both research fields is undertaken.
Originality/value: This paper represents an important next step in the development of this research field by highlighting the importance of conducting brand management research in a family firm context and by structuring existent research to depict future research opportunities with theoretical and practical relevance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Business Management
Volume6
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)225-250
Number of pages26
ISSN2043-6238
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family business
  • Literature review
  • Brand image
  • Reputation
  • Brand identity
  • Brand management
  • Organizational viewpoint framework

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