Branding an Industry?

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The paper conceptualizes and discusses the concept of industry branding, and argues for its growing relevance to branding scholarship and practice. We map out a set of increasingly pertinent branding challenges and processes that have so far not received sufficient scholarly attention. After appraising several definitional considerations, the paper provides a clear definition of industry branding and points to specific socio-economic developments that have further increased its relevance. The paper outlines the multiple constituents, audiences, and dimensions of industry branding, that make it unique compared to other forms of branding. To address this uniqueness, we draw upon theories of cultural branding and industry legitimacy to develop a broader framework of industry branding. We conclude the paper by outlining several opportunities for future research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Brand Management
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)497-504
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • Consumer culture theory
  • Imagineering
  • Industry image
  • Legitimacy

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