What makes a brand manager effective? Academic Article uri icon


  • Brands have become increasingly important as a foundation for competitive strategy. Unfortunately, although brand managers are responsible for brand strategy development and execution, little is known about what makes a brand manager effective. A model is developed to understand what intangible capital embodied by brand managers influences brand management capabilities and resultant brand performance. Measures of brand manager intangible capital and brand management capabilities are developed through an iterative scale development process. Hypothesis testing, derived from a survey of brand managers, indicates that brand manager human, relational and informational capital influences brand management capabilities and resultant brand performance, and brand manager intangible capital has an indirect effect on brand performance via brand management capabilities. By delineating and operationalizing the intangible capital and capabilities of brand managers, this study provides a theoretical and empirical foundation for future research on brand managers, tools for assessing current brand manager capital and capabilities, and guidance in relation to intangible capital and capabilities needed by brand managers. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Business Research

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Cui, A. P., Hu, M. Y., & Griffith, D. A.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Cui, Annie Peng||Hu, Michael Y||Griffith, David A

publication date

  • February 2014