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Exploring the Relationship between Employee Branding and Brand Loyalty: a qualitative case study
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background:  Making customers loyal to the brand have become a key issue for marketers to achieve since it acts as a major contributor to competitive advantage. The brand image is argued to be the main source for brand loyalty and organizations continuously seeks for ways to achieve brand loyalty through enhancing their image. Employee branding makes it possible for organizations to consistently deliver a desired brand image to the customers, through its employees, and it could therefore be of importance to explore the relationship between employee branding and brand loyalty. 

Research questions:

RQ1: How does the organization’s management communicate its desired brand image to the employees?

RQ2: How do the various sources of messages contribute to employees’ knowledge of the desired brand image?

RQ3: How do the various sources of messages contribute to the upholding of the psychological contract between the employees and the organization?

RQ4: How does the image projected by employees influence brand loyal customers?

Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to explore the relationship between an organization’s employee branding and brand loyalty.

Methodology: Conducted as a single embedded case study, semi-structured interviews

Conclusion: The empirical investigation revealed that employee branding activities could strengthen customers’ loyalty towards the brand. Employee branding therefore influence customers’ satisfaction, commitment, trust, and identification to the brand.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 113 p.
Keyword [en]
Employee branding, the employee branding process, brand image, brand loyalty, sources of messages, psychological contract, desired brand image, employee brand image
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-26691DiVA: diva2:629732
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Business Administration - Marketing
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Marketing Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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