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Uncovering the corporate brand's core values

Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 616-638
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Management Decision
Volym: 47
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Emerald


Purpose. This paper aims to describe the uncovering of a corporate brand’s core values.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the specific track records of Volvo, IKEA, IBM, and Scanpump, focusing on core values and how they evolve. Based on multiple sources of evidence, the track records of the case companies emerge as patterns of values that are A) perceived externally by customers and non-customer stakeholders, and B) rooted internally within an organisation.
Findings – Four categories of core values emerge, termed True, Aspirational, Potential, and Hollow.
Originality/value – The Core Value Grid is proposed as a managerially useful model on “how to build true and how to avoid hollow values”. In principle, a corporate brand cannot be stronger externally than it is internally. Rooted core values with track records supporting a brand promise represent the essence of a corporate brand, guiding internal and external corporate brand building and management. The foundation of a corporate brand risks being undermined by hollow core values and empty promises.
Keywords Corporate branding, core value, track record, core value grid, brand orientation.
Paper type Conceptual paper



  • Social Sciences
  • brand orientation
  • core value
  • Corporate branding
  • core value grid
  • track record


  • ISSN: 0025-1747

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