Mapping the domain of the fragmented field of internal branding

Fathima Zahara Saleem, Oriol Iglesias

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to build a comprehensive conceptual framework of internal branding, to demarcate this field from employer branding and to develop an updated definition of internal branding that incorporates the findings of the literature review and emerging views in branding. Design/methodology/approach – This research conducts a systematic review of the internal branding and employer branding literature following previously established procedures. Findings – The major findings of this research are that internal branding comprises five key components within a supportive corporate culture, namely, brand ideologies, brand leadership, brand-centred human resource management (HRM), internal brand communication and internal brand communities; and that internal branding is related yet distinct from employer branding in its discipline, focus, components, outcomes and the role of the brand. The paper concludes with a comprehensive definition of internal branding derived from the conceptual framework and recent trends in branding, in addition to directed suggestions for future research in the field. Research limitations/implications – This research highlights areas for future research within internal branding, including the need for further research on internal brand communities and how brands can “internally brand” brand partners. Practical implications – The research highlights the company-wide and brand partner-wide effort required in internal branding, in addition to the necessity of a supportive corporate culture. Originality/value – This is the first review of internal branding and employer branding that aims to differentiate between the constructs and build a conceptual framework of internal branding, by drawing from the fields of HRM, marketing, branding and general management.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)43-57
Nombre de pàgines15
RevistaJournal of Product & Brand Management
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 21 de març 2016
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