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Brand Management (5 cr)

Code: YHYYM310-3004

General information


01.11.2021 - 09.01.2022


17.01.2022 - 25.03.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Online learning


School of Business

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 45

Degree programmes

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Business and Financial Management
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Tourism and Hospitality Management


  • Heidi Neuvonen


  • YHO21S1
    Organisaation ja talouden johtaminen (YAMK)
  • YMJ21S1
    Matkailu- ja palveluliiketoiminnan johtaminen (YAMK)
  • YHO20SA
    Organisaation ja talouden johtaminen (YAMK)
  • YMJ20S1
    Matkailu- ja palveluliiketoiminnan johtaminen
  • YHO20S1
    Organisaation ja talouden johtaminen
  • ZJA22KH
    Avoin AMK, lita


Branding is as important for culture and politics as it once was for market commodities. But what is it that makes brands and branding powerful? What explains the global diffusion of branding techniques? Or at an even more fundamental level, what is a brand? How do we go about building a brand? How do we go about managing a brand that already exists? What are the challenges that managers, marketing firms and consumers face when interacting with brands? How do different stakeholders created and maintain brands in dynamic environments? These are some of the questions that this course will attempt to answer. In this course, we will examine multiple theoretical perspectives on ‘brand’ and will understand how each theoretical approach involves a different brand management toolkit. We will approach branding from multiple perspectives – from rational branding to emotional branding to cultural branding.

To complement the theoretical foundations, we will discuss real life strategic challenges that brand and their managers face and learn from the success and failure of particular brand strategies. We will also understand how brands and brand management have evolved in the 21st century and what are the key ethical, environmental and socio-cultural implications of brand management’s evolutionary trajectory. We will explore concepts such as unique selling proposition (USP), mindspace positioning, cultural brand strategy and performance metrics such as brand equity, brand love, share of voice.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to • Apply appropriate branding theories and toolkits to solve practical case studies • Critically evaluate different approaches to measure brand performance • Align epistemological assumptions with appropriate approach • Exhibit fluency with the building blocks of branding strategies • Identify appropriate segmentation strategieson appropriate bases, define targets and relevant brand positioning techniques • Understand the evolutionary trajectory of consumer brand management


We will examine the strategic importance of brand development in driving organizational success. The topics
covered will explore the development of brand practices across key company functions and strategic corporate
initiatives including: product launch, reorganization, competitive threat, identity development, communications
and customer experiences.

Location and time

Moodle virtual learning environment

Oppimateriaali ja suositeltava kirjallisuus

Keller, K. L. 2012. Strategic Brand Management. Building, Measuring and Managing Brand Equity, 4th edition, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Kapferer, J.N. 2012. The New Strategic Brand Management. Advanced Insights & Strategic Thinking. Fifth Edition.

Keller K., Aperia, T. & Georgeson, M., 2012, Strategic Brand Management: A European Perspective. Prentice-Hall.

Davis, John. Magic Numbers for Consumer Marketing: Key Measures to Evaluate Marketing Success

Keller K & Lehmann D, 2006, Brands and Branding: Research Findings and
Future Priorities. MARKETING SCIENCE, Vol. 25, No. 6, November-December 2006, pp. 740-759, ISSN 0732-23991 EISSN 1526-548X1061250610740 DOI 10.1287/mksc.l050.0153

Teaching methods

This is 100 % online course,
There will be online webinars on regular basis
We follow flipped - classroom agenda which is an innovative marketing education in the digital era
You are expected to familiarize yourselves with new and unfamiliar subject content in your own time PRIOR TO COMING TO THE ONLINE webinar
Pre-learning enables you to use the online-webinar time on task-based activities with peer students and lecturer
Traditional lectures are replaced with prerecorded lectures, videos, readings
Online webinars are primarily for interaction, rather than instruction

Student workload

135 h which includes online webinars, independent studying, completion of the portfolio assignment

Content scheduling

To be informed on the Moodle learning environment

Further information

Avoin AMK

Evaluation scale


Arviointikriteerit, tyydyttävä (1-2)

Sufficient 1
You demonstrate theoretical and conceptual knowledge to identify and analyze brand management using the given case. You know partly how to apply information in decision making. You know the meaning of brand management in strategic management. The theory base is limited.

Satisfactory 2
You are able to select and apply appropriate approaches to analyze own brand management problems and utilize them. You write a quite modest report.

Arviointikriteerit, hyvä (3-4)

Good 3
You analyze critically the problems of brand management of own organization and devise solutions to these problems and communicate them also internationally. You are able to write an almost impeccable report, which includes discussions of organizational level and/or own expertise level.

Very good 4
You analyze critically the problems of brand management of own organization and change and develop the practices of the brand management. You are able to write a quality report, which includes also international references.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

Excellent 5
You develop a new practical solution of the brand management with a connection to the strategic management of the organization. You write a high-quality, printable and reflecting report with constructive criticism, which includes several international references.


Bachelor's degree

Further information

The lecturer of the course will be informed later in January 2021