Call for Papers: Co-creating Stakeholder and Brand Identities

brand-identity-logo-explained1Co-creating Stakeholder and Brand Identities
Deadline for paper submissions: 15 April 2015

The management-oriented literature depicts brand identities as creations by managerial decision-making and implementation (e.g., Kapferer, 2008). However, research provides evidence that management is not the sole creator of brand identity (Csaba & Bengtsson, 2006; Schau, Muñiz, & Arnould, 2009). Individuals actively contribute to the construction of identities of brands that affect their personal lives. By disseminating brand knowledge, expectations, evaluations, experiences and ways of usage, consumers contribute to a brand’s identity. In a similar manner, other stakeholders, such as employees, investors, suppliers, intermediaries or media, contribute to the development of brand identity (cf. Vallaster & von Wallpach, 2013). Literature on public relations, for example, discusses the impact of media on the identity of brands (e.g., Madhavaram, Badrinarayanan, & McDonald, 2005). Retailers also influence the identity of brands by presenting branded products in specific physical and social environments.

Brands have an impact on consumers as “major contributors to and reflections of our identities” (Belk, 1988, p. 139). This tenet may apply in certain industries, for instance, the luxury industry, where consumption of brands is a direct expression of one’s personality or identity (Kastanakis & Balabanis, 2012). The identities of brands help retailers and suppliers build their own identities. And the identities of employees depend to some extent on the identities of the brands they help creating (Chouinard, 2006).

The turn from a consumer-focused to a stakeholder-focused era in marketing research highlights the active role of multiple stakeholders (Kornum & Mühlbacher, 2013) and introduces an understanding of brands as social processes of interaction in stakeholder networks (Merz, He, & Vargo, 2009). In reciprocity, stakeholder identities and brand identities continuously emerge as dynamic outcomes of these processes (cf. Csaba & Bengtsson, 2006) which may differ due to cultural influences (Kastanakis & Voyer, 2014).

This JBR Special Issue aims at providing space for further advancing our understanding of the reciprocal co-creation of stakeholder identity and brand identity.

Conceptual and empirical work which contributes to achieve at least one of the following objectives are welcome:

critically reviewing extant literature in marketing research to identify higher order perspectives on the reciprocal co-creation of stakeholder identity and brand identity;
empirically understanding processes of stakeholder identity and brand identity co-creation;
building on developments/findings from various disciplines, add new insights on the reciprocal co-creation of stakeholder identity and brand identity to marketing research.

Topics for the JBR special issue focus on, but are not limited to, the following:

Historical overview on core concepts like stakeholder identity and brand identity to understand their dynamic nature and processes of co-creation
Critical reflection on various identity theories’ (e.g., individual, social, cultural, personal, organizational, or brand identity theory) potential contribution to understand processes of stakeholder identity and brand identity co-creation
Drivers of stakeholder identity and brand identity co-creation
Relevance of brand identity co-creation for stakeholder identity: Implications for stakeholder everyday life
Relevance of stakeholder identity co-creation for brand identity: Implications for brands and brand management
Co-creation of multiple stakeholder role identities and brand identity/identities
Co-creation of identities of stakeholders who are confronted with several salient brand identities (e.g., employer and supplier brand identities)
Stakeholder identity and brand identity co-creation in the digital age
Possible cross-cultural differences in terms of the reciprocal co-creation of stakeholder and brand identity

Scholars submitting their papers for publication in this special JBR issue should communicate such intention to all four JBR Guest Co-Editors:

Sylvia von Wallpach, Copenhagen Business School, Dept. of Marketing, Solbjerg Plads 3 DK-2000 Frederiksberg (Denmark) (svw.marktg@cbs.dk );

Hans Mühlbacher, International University of Monaco, 2, Avenue Albert II, MC-98000 Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco (hmuehlbacher@inseec.com);

Minas Kastanakis, ESCP Europe London, Depart. of Marketing, 527 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7BG (UK) (mkastanakis@escpeurope.eu);

Benjamin Voyer, ESCP Europe London, Depart. of Marketing, 527 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7BG (UK) (bvoyer@escpeurope.eu).

Notification to authors: 30 June 2015
Deadline for revisions: 15 October 2015
Notification to authors: 15 December 2015
Deadline for revisions: 30 January 2016
Online publication: Spring 2016

References

Belk, R. W. (1988). Possessions and the extended self. Journal of Consumer Research, 15, 139-168.

Chouinard, Y. (2006). Let my people go surfing: The education of a reluctant businessman. New York: The Penguin Press.

Csaba, F. & Bengtsson, A. (2006). Rethinking identity in brand management. In J. E. Schroeder and M. Salzer-Mörling (eds) Brand Culture, 118–35. London: Routledge.

Kapferer , J. N . (2008). The new strategic brand management. London: Kogan Page.

Kastanakis M. & Balabanis G. (2012). Between the mass and the class: Antecedents of the ‘bandwagon’ luxury consumption behavior. Journal of Business Research, 65 (10), 1399-1407.

Kastanakis M. & Voyer B. (2014). The effect of culture on perception and cognition: A conceptual framework. Journal of Business Research, 67 (4), 425-433.

Kornum, N. & Mühlbacher, H. (2013). Multi-stakeholder virtual dialogue: Introduction to the special section, Journal of Business Research, 66 (9), 1460-1464.

Madhavaram, S., Badrinarayanan, V., & McDonald, R. E. (2005). Integrated marketing communication (Imc) and brand identity as critical components of brand equity strategy: A conceptual framework and research propositions. Journal of Advertising, 34(4), 69-80.

Merz, M. A., He, Y., & Vargo, S. L. (2009). The evolving brand logic: a service-dominant logic perspective. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 37(3), 328-344.

Schau, H. J., Muñiz Jr, A. M., & Arnould, E. J. (2009). How brand community practices create value. Journal of Marketing, 73 (5), 30-51.

Vallaster, C. & von Wallpach, S. (2013). An online discursive inquiry into the social dynamics of multi-stakeholder brand meaning co-creation. Journal of Business Research, 66 (9), 1505-1515.

Erkan Saka, Anıl Sayan & Vehbi Görgülü editörlüğünde Yeni Medya Çalışmaları II

673139Yrd. Doç. Dr. Erkan Saka, Anıl Sayan & Vehbi Görgülü (BİLGİ İletişim Yönetimi) editörlüğünde Yeni Medya Çalışmaları II e-kitap formatında idefix.com üzerinden satışa sunuldu:

“Bu kitapta sunduğumuz çalışmalara gelince, Gözde Ferimaz Şahan hayatımıza hızla giren SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) hizmetlere teorik bir perspektif sunuyor, bunu yaparken de bir vaka çalışamasının ampirik sonuçlarını bizimle paylaşıyor. Zeynep Kunt arkadaşımız ise İstanbul merkezli olmakla beraber dijital platformlar üzerinden örgütlenen bir spiritüel hayat topluluğuna etnografik bir bakış sunuyor. İdil Başural’ın nefret söylemlerinin dijital ortamlarda yeniden üretilmesiyle ilgili analizi son zamanlarda gördüğüm en iyi modellerden biri oluyor. Bu konuda birçok çalışma yapılmasına rağmen bir analiz modeli sunanlar azınlıkta kalmaktadır. Bu yüzden bakmaya alanda bakmaya değer bir çalışma olduğuna inanıyorum. Ege Tunca ise Türkiye’de hala birçok çalışma gerektiren oyun tabanlı topluluklara içerden bir bakış sunuyor. Tuğçe Sarıkuzu’unun aynı konuyla ilgili literatür taraması da gözden kaçmamalı. Laura Avadar’ın Twitter ve Gazetecilik mesleğiyle ilgili çalışması da iyi çalışılmış, bize model olanakları sunan bir çalışma. Üzerine çokça konuşulsa da bu alanda model çalışmalara ihiyacımız sürüyor. Şenay Çınar’ın bloglar üzerine çalışması da edebiyat teorisiyle blogların birleştiği ve incelendiği kaynak olabilecek bir makale olarak karşımıza çıkıyor. Son olarak da görece az işlenmiş bir alan olan yaratıcı endüstriler ve sosyal medya ilişkisi üzerine yoğunlaşan Emre Erbirer ve Yrd. Doç. Dr. Gökçe Dervişoğlu Okandan’dan bir çalışmamız var.”

Haluk Ucel presented @ the 12th ESSE Conference in Kosice, Slovakia

Photo0734Haluk Ucel, M.A. (Department of Television Reporting and Programming) presented his study titled “Televisual Reconstructions of the Past and Identities in Turkey” at the 12th ESSE Conference in Kosice, Slovakia:

“This paper investigates televisual representations of the past and the construction of identities in Turkey. The paper mainly focuses on discourse analysis of the domestically and internationally acclaimed Turkish TV soap opera Magnificent Century, which is inspired by 16th century Ottoman history. The paper also observes consumerism through TV commercials which stem from the TV serial, representing the past and the audience identification with the text together with the main characters, building happiness and the reconstruction of identities. Magnificent Century and the related TV commercials reconstruct national identity through imagery and imaginary reconstructions of the past.”

Scholarship opportunity – MA Studies in the UK (WSA/Southampton)

The Chevening programme grants awards to outstanding individuals with leadership potential from around the world.

A Chevening/Southampton Scholarship offers financial support to individuals wishing to study for a Master’s degree at the University of Southampton, along with the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.

logoChevening/Southampton Scholarships are available for any one-year taught Masters degree at the University of Southampton. Applicants can choose any course of study,  but are encouraged to refer to their country pages for details of priority areas of study for their region.

Chevening/Southampton Scholarships are jointly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Southampton and will include:

• a monthly stipend
• travel to the UK from your country at the beginning of your award
• travel from the UK back to your country at the end of your award
• an arrival and departure allowance
• a thesis or dissertation grant
• the cost of one visa application
• university tuition fees