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Two decades of research on nation branding: a review and future research agenda

Two decades of research on nation branding: a review and future research agenda Despite the growing interest by scholars, practitioners and public policymakers, there are still divergent and fragmented conceptualizations of nation branding as the field is still developing. In response, the purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize nation branding research and to provide directions for future research.Design/methodology/approachThe authors review peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical journal articles published during the last two decades – from 1998 to 2018. Selected journal articles on nation branding were subsequently synthesized for further insights.FindingsThe field of nation branding is fragmented and has developed in the course of the last two decades in different directions. This paper identifies key publication outlets and articles, major theoretical and methodological approaches and primary variables of interest that exist in the nation branding literature. The findings also highlight several research themes for future research.Originality/valueThis research fills a need to summaries the current state of the nation branding literature and identifies research issues that need to be addressed in the future. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Marketing Review Emerald Publishing

Two decades of research on nation branding: a review and future research agenda

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0265-1335
DOI
10.1108/imr-01-2019-0028
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Abstract

Despite the growing interest by scholars, practitioners and public policymakers, there are still divergent and fragmented conceptualizations of nation branding as the field is still developing. In response, the purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize nation branding research and to provide directions for future research.Design/methodology/approachThe authors review peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical journal articles published during the last two decades – from 1998 to 2018. Selected journal articles on nation branding were subsequently synthesized for further insights.FindingsThe field of nation branding is fragmented and has developed in the course of the last two decades in different directions. This paper identifies key publication outlets and articles, major theoretical and methodological approaches and primary variables of interest that exist in the nation branding literature. The findings also highlight several research themes for future research.Originality/valueThis research fills a need to summaries the current state of the nation branding literature and identifies research issues that need to be addressed in the future.

Journal

International Marketing ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 12, 2021

Keywords: Country image; Nation branding; Literature review; Nation brand personality

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