Contingent self-definition and amorphous regions: a dynamic approach to place brand architecture

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    This article explores the concept of contingent self-definition, whereby place brands employ flexible self-definitional approaches in constructing their place brand architecture. Adopting a view of regions as social constructs, the article builds on and extends previous work on place brand architecture by identifying the underlying factors that drive contingent self-definition decisions. Based on an empirical study of professionals tasked with managing region brands in the Netherlands, eleven factors are identified as drivers of contingent self-definition by place brands. These factors are grouped into four thematic categories: i) external perceptions, ii) proximity, iii) brand relationships, and iv) politics and power. A dynamic approach to place brand architecture is advocated, foregrounding the amorphous character of regions as social constructs that defy reification solely as fixed territorial-administrative spaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages24
    JournalMarketing Theory
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2017


    • Brand architecture
    • contingent self-definition
    • place branding
    • region brands
    • the Netherlands


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