A literature review and future agenda for B2B branding: Challenges of branding in a B2B context
Leek, S. and Christodoulides, G. (2011) A literature review and future agenda for B2B branding: Challenges of branding in a B2B context. Industrial Marketing Management, 40 (6). pp. 830-837. ISSN 0019-8501
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.006
The existing body of research knowledge on brand management has been predominantly derived from business-to-consumer markets, particularly fast moving consumer goods and has only recently started to expand in other contexts. Branding in business-to-business markets has received comparatively little attention in the academic literature due to a belief that industrial buyers are unaffected by the emotional values corresponding to brands. This paper provides a critical discussion of the fragmented literature on business-to-business branding which is organized in five themes: B2B branding benefits; the role of B2B brands in the decision making process; B2B brand architecture; B2B brands as communication enablers and relationship builders; and industrial brand equity. Drawing on the gaps and contradictions in the literature the paper concludes by proposing an agenda for future research.