Title: The impact of perceived innovativeness, branding strategy and parent brand salience on the reciprocal transfer of core associations

Authors: Jean Boisvert, Suzan Burton

Addresses: Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration, School of Business and Management, American University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE. ' Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

Abstract: Despite substantial research interest in brand extensions, the factors underlying the reciprocal transfer of brand associations between brand extensions and parent brands are not well understood. This study tests and models the effect of parent brand associations| salience, branding strategy and extension innovativeness positioning on the extent of the reciprocal transfer of extension associations to the parent brand. The results show that the reciprocal transfer of line extension associations to the parent brand can be influenced by the launch strategy, presenting the opportunity to improve the positioning of a parent brand by maximising the transfer of favourable extension associations.

Keywords: brand extension; brand associations; innovativeness; branding strategy; parent brands; brand extensions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2009.024452

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2009 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.346 - 359

Published online: 04 Apr 2009 *

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