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Online brand community practices and the construction of brand legitimacy
University of Vaasa, Department of Management.
University of Turku.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design. University of Vaasa.
2017 (English)In: Marketing Theory, ISSN 1470-5931, E-ISSN 1741-301XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Contemporary marketers build online brand communities to communicate with the organization’s social surroundings, yet there is a lack of understanding of how brand legitimization unfolds in these platforms. To understand how legitimacy is constructed and contested every day, the current study adopts a practice-theoretical lens and discourse analysis to investigate two online communities. The contribution of the study is twofold: First, the insights from the discursive praxis, online community posts, comments and reactions illustrate the connections between multiple levels of legitimization discourse. Second, this study builds a theoretical framework for legitimization practice. Individual perceptions, judgements of the texts and actions on them in the online community intertwine with the organizational and societal context shaping the legitimacy of the brand in the community and beyond. This practice supports or challenges the brand as an institution and may legitimize or delegitimize the brand.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63436DOI: 10.1177/1470593117705695OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63436DiVA: diva2:1096645
Available from: 2017-05-18 Created: 2017-05-18 Last updated: 2017-06-02

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