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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Soni, Mayur
URN etd-07162011-145039
Document Title Building corporate brand orientation through cross-functional integration within marketing brand orientation through cross-­‐functional integration within marketing
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Ms N Kleyn Committee Chair
Keywords
  • financial services
  • brand orientation
  • cross-functional integration
Date 2011-04-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Prior research defines brand orientation as an approach in which the processes of the organization revolve around the creation, development and protection of brand identity in an ongoing interaction with target customers with the aim of achieving lasting competitive advantages in the form of brands (Urde, 1999). This research paper examines how marketing managers perceive corporate brand orientation with a Financial services company, namely Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank) and what influence cross-functional integration has in enhancing the level of brand orientation.

The study design was non-experimental and convenience sampling used. The data was collected within the Group and South African marketing functions of Standard Bank both of which are located within South Africa. The survey was delivered to 131 respondents across 30 marketing functions with the unit of analysis being each employee within their respective teams.

The research results indicate that cross-functional integration variables of compensation, multifunctional training and cross-functional teams have a positive influence on brand orientation.

The findings from this research can contribute to the body of knowledge within the domain of building corporate brand orientation within the financial services industry, specifically with regards to implications for marketing leadership in terms of improving the performance of the marketing department.

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Please cite as follows:

Soni, M 2010, Building corporate brand orientation through cross-¬functional integration within marketing, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07162011-145039/ >

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