Contingent self-definition and amorphous regions: a dynamic approach to place brand architecture

Dinnie, Keith (2018) Contingent self-definition and amorphous regions: a dynamic approach to place brand architecture. Marketing Theory, 18 (1). pp. 31-53. ISSN 1470-5931

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Abstract

This article explores the concept of contingent self-definition, whereby place brands employ flexible self-definitional approaches in constructing their place brand architecture. Adopting a view of regions as social constructs, the article builds on and extends previous work on place brand architecture by identifying the underlying factors that drive contingent self-definition decisions. Based on an empirical study of professionals tasked with managing region brands in the Netherlands, eleven factors are identified as drivers of contingent self-definition by place brands. These factors are grouped into four thematic categories: i) external perceptions, ii) proximity, iii) brand relationships, and iv) politics and power. A dynamic approach to place brand architecture is advocated, foregrounding the amorphous character of regions as social constructs that defy reification solely as fixed territorial-administrative spaces.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 21464
Notes on copyright: The full text is an author accepted manuscript version of: Keith Dinnie. Contingent self-definition and amorphous regions: A dynamic approach to place brand architecture, Marketing Theory First Published June 2, 2017. Vol 18, Issue 1, pp. 31-53. Copyright © 2017 (The Author). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 16:26
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 10:36
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21464

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