Oct 7th 2015

Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour (Coursera)

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Professor Nader Tavassoli of London Business School contrasts traditional approaches to branding - where brands are a visual identity and a promise to customers - to brands as a customer experience delivered by the entire organisation. The course offers a brand workout for your own brands, as well as guest videos from leading branding professionals.

The aim of the course is to change the conception of brands as being an organisation's visual identity (e.g., logo) and image (customers' brand associations) to an experience along "moments-that-matter" along the customer journey and, therefore, delivered by people across the entire organisation. Brands are thus not only an external promise to customers, but a means of executing business strategy via internal brand-led behaviour and culture change.

You will learn and practice the following skills:

- How to build brands from a broad organisational perspective

- How to lead brand-led culture change with human resource practices at the core (i.e., brand as a lever and not just an outcome)

- How to build brands in multi-brand companies, across cultures and geographies

- How to measure brand health in new ways, that is, internally in addition to externally

- How to value and capture returns to brands across the organisation - introducing the new concept of employee-based brand equity - and how this is different from the valuation of brands as intangible assets.

Suggested Readings:
Uncommon Practice: People who deliver a great brand experience
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's 50 Greatest Companies (Paperback) - Common
The Experience Economy: Work Is Theater & Every Business a Stage
Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down