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An examination of Marriott’s entry into the Chinese hospitality industry: A Brand Equity perspective


Wong, T and Wickham, M, An examination of Marriott's entry into the Chinese hospitality industry: A Brand Equity perspective, Tourism Management, 48 pp. 439-454. ISSN 0261-5177 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2014.12.014


© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Since the Open-Door Reforms and the "opening" of the Chinese market to foreign firms in the late 1970s, numerous Western firms have sought to enter and establish their presence as a market leader in their particular industry. Recently, there has been a call to develop a finer-grained understanding of the specific organisational factors required for international hotels attempting to leverage their brand(s) into China. This paper presents an analysis of Marriott's entry into the Chinese hospitality market, with a particular interest in the resources and capabilities that the company used to effectively manage their Brand Equity in that context. This paper presents an extended Brand Equity model that incorporates the six antecedent resources categories (financial capital, internal relationships, internal operating systems and programs, international brand reputation, human capital and domestic stakeholder relationships management) and five antecedent capabilities associated with the strategic management of Marriott's Brand Equity in the Chinese hospitality market.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Marketing
UTAS Author:Wong, T (Dr Tommy Wong)
UTAS Author:Wickham, M (Dr Mark Wickham)
ID Code:97303
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-12-10
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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