Title: Brand equity and competitive advantage in alcoholic beverage products

Authors: Moses K. Agaba; Emenike O. Kalu

Addresses: Department of Business Studies, Kabale University, P.O. Box 317, Kabale, Uganda ' Department of Accounting and Finance, Kampala International University, P.O. Box 20000, Kampala, Uganda

Abstract: In the face of growing competition in modern business environment as a result of globalisation and development in information and communication technology, firms are required to gain and sustain competitive advantage. This study therefore investigated the effect of brand awareness, brand association, brand loyalty, perceived quality, and other proprietary brand assets on competitive advantage in alcoholic beverage products and producers in Kabale District Uganda. The study employed descriptive and multiple regression analyses. The estimates from the multiple regression model indicated that brand equity has significant effect on competitive advantage among alcoholic beverages products and producers. This is evident in the statistical significance of the brand awareness, brand loyalty, and perceived quality variables at the 5% significant. We conclude therefore that brand equity has positive and significant predictive effect on competitive advantage. Hence, firms could enhance competitive advantage by paying attention to brand equity variables.

Keywords: brand equity; competitive advantage; alcoholic beverages; Uganda.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMNE.2019.105869

International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 2019 Vol.4 No.3, pp.246 - 262

Received: 23 Jan 2019
Accepted: 14 Apr 2019

Published online: 16 Mar 2020 *

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