An investigation of the corporate identity construct in China: managerial evidence from the high technology industry

Nguyen, Bang, Melewar, T. C., Japtura, Arnold, Han, Sung Ho, Chen, Cheng-Hao Steve and Yu, Xiaoyu (2018) An investigation of the corporate identity construct in China: managerial evidence from the high technology industry. Journal of Marketing Communications, 24 (8) . pp. 779-800. ISSN 1352-7266 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13527266.2016.1143382)

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The study develops and extends existing frameworks of corporate identity and investigates what organisations in China perceive as essential components of the corporate identity concept including their dimensions and contents. The study adopted a qualitative approach and the method of research was a case study. Using the soft-laddering approach, and a multidisciplinary categorisation of analyses of corporate literature and websites, a systematic analysis of the corporate identity was carried out. Different from previous studies, the study reveals new dimensions on the basis of the industry practitioners’ views. The context of China has shown to influence a different focus, more significantly around the ‘impression’ that corporate identity can contribute with commercially. It is suggested that new high-tech firms in China may not have enough experience and capacity to engage in a more holistic corporate identity concept provided. The lack of such experience is particularly likely for new firms, which are still in their early stage of development. Implications for management of corporate identity in China are presented along with directions for further research in the marketing communications literature.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 19555
Notes on copyright: This [attached full text] is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Marketing Communications on 16/03/2016, available online:
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 11:01
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