How to boost place branding leveraging on community relations: an exploration of the banking sector in Ghana

Palazzo, Maria, Deigh, Linda, Foroudi, Pantea ORCID logoORCID: and Siano, Alfonso (2020) How to boost place branding leveraging on community relations: an exploration of the banking sector in Ghana. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 23 (4) . pp. 933-960. ISSN 1352-2752 [Article] (doi:10.1108/qmr-01-2018-0013)

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Purpose - This paper aims at exploring the relationship between community relations (CR) and the concept of place branding (PB) by analysing several companies in a developing sub-Saharan country – Ghana - and developing a framework that links the selected concepts together.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper provides an analysis based on a multiple case study approach, with an interpretivist analysis of secondary and primary data derived from archival documents and in-depth interviews of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and brand managers from purposefully selected cases of private financial institutions. The data gathered were qualitatively analysed to identify and interpret common themes about CR, PB and other relevant factors such as culture. Based on analysis of the qualitative data, a comprehensive framework for CR and PB was formulated.

Findings - Findings show that, in the developing sub-Saharan country Ghana, the process of establishing a place brand is complex, due to influences exerted on CR practices by culture, management agenda of private organisations, government intervention, and the fragmentation of efforts to generate a coherent dialogue with numerous stakeholders.

Practical implications - The study shows that managers can leverage on an array of CR elements, including moral and ethical obligations of the company, provision of economic benefits, integration, common goals between corporation and its communities, responsibility to stakeholders, proactive action, partnerships across sector lines, and active leadership, to boost PB. Thus, this research will help policymakers, country brand managers and communication professionals in structuring a proper PB starting from the efforts made in the CR field.

Originality/value – This research can be considered one of the few studies undertaken with a view to understanding and developing a CR framework that links with PB in a developing country. The study identifies several important moderators of PB and factors influencing CR. All issues are approached from the viewpoint of PB that promotes economic, commercial and political interests at home and abroad.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 25394
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of the manuscript "How to boost place branding leveraging on community relations: an exploration of the banking sector in Ghana", published in the journal "Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal" available via the journal site at:
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 17:12
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