Are we one, or are we many? Diversity in organizational identities versus corporate identities

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Purpose: The implications of multiple organizational identities for branding research have been scarcely considered. This paper aims to explore what sources of identity internal stakeholders use to construct organizational identities and corporate identities, and identify how diversity emerges in the perceived identities across various stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach: The empirical study includes 59 in-depth interviews with internal stakeholders in a business-to-business service company. Findings: Employees may perceive identity diversity as a strategic benefit for the company, and employees may not identify with a uniform corporate identity. The corporate identity could become more identifiable for employees through managerial recognition of different dimensions of identity diversity, such as multiple professional and locational identities. Originality/value: The study bridges insights between organizational identity and corporate identity and problematizes identity coherence and consistency as strategic principles for corporate branding by proposing an alternative approach guided by identity diversity. Additionally, the study discusses identity diversity-based approaches to internal branding and co-creation in branding.




Sarasvuo, S. (2021). Are we one, or are we many? Diversity in organizational identities versus corporate identities. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 30(6), 788–805.

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