Title: Brand sustainability and brand development: critical issues for micro, small and medium enterprises in India

Authors: Isita Lahiri; Monojit Banerjee

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, University of Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal – 741235, India ' School of Management Studies, Techno India, Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal, PIN-700091, India

Abstract: In the turbulent Indian economy post liberalisation, the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is critical for inclusive growth. Having emphatically established itself as the backbone of our economy, by contributing 37.54% of our GDP and being a key driver of social and economic development, MSME sector is responsible for 45% of the total manufacturing output and 40% of the total exports of the country. In spite of these, this sector is vulnerable. Branding is an important instrument for sustainability of the MSME sector firms. The paper is an attempt to study two broad dimensions of MSME branding, namely, brand sustainability and brand development; and identify the parameters associated with it. The emerged factors relating to brand sustainability and brand development of the MSME sector in Indian context are fundamental to provide a new direction to the MSME sector firms of Indian origin on their quest for sustainability.

Keywords: MSME sector; brand sustainability; brand development; Indian economy; entrepreneurship; SME; innovation management; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2018.091796

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2018 Vol.22 No.3, pp.298 - 316

Received: 04 Apr 2016
Accepted: 15 Feb 2017

Published online: 24 Apr 2018 *

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