Corporate marketing myopia and the inexorable rise of a corporate marketing logic: Perspectives from identity-based views of the firm

  • Balmer J
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Abstract

Purpose – This article outlines the nature of corporate marketing myopia and details the salient characteristics of a corporate marketing logic. The notion of identity-based views of the firm is held to be highly meaningful to the comprehension of corporate marketing. In addition, the paper aims to broaden the understanding of the antecedents of corporate marketing by making reference to earlier, integrative endeavours (sensory integration, design integration, communications integration, branding integration and identity integration). Design/methodology/approach – The commentary explains the nature, antecedents, and benefits of an organisation-wide corporate marketing logic. Findings – A corporate marketing logic characterises those organisations which realise their institutions and corporate brands can be important sources of differentiation. Moreover, it is held that organisations need to be involved in multi-lateral relationships vis-à-vis customers, other stakeholders and with society at large. It is also mindful that an organisational marketing orientation should accord sensitivity to CSR/ethical concerns. A key precept of the corporate marketing logic is that it is institution-wide ethos which is enacted via an organisation's culture. A long and a short definition of corporate marketing are enumerated. Practical implications – Perceiving organisational marketing via the prism of identity-based views of the firm and utilising the new corporate marketing mix (the 8Cs of corporate marketing) affords a practical and pragmatic means by which senior managers can foster and maintain a corporate marketing ethos and culture. Originality/value – A corporate marketing framework is introduced which is informed by: identity-based views of the firm perspective and by key corporate-level constructs.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Corporate brands
  • Corporate identity
  • Corporate image
  • Corporate marketing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate strategy
  • Organisational change
  • Organisational marketing

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  • John M.T. Balmer

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