Brand Management

MBM402B Brand Management

Autumn 2023

Spring 2024
  • Topics

    Topics :

    Brands are valuable assets that can provide firms with long-lasting competitive advantage. How to  build, measure, and manage brand equity over time is the central theme of this course. The first part of the course focuses on the two sources of brand equity; brand awareness and brand associations. 

    Themes :

    Brand Equity (Conceptualizations and measurement)

    Brand Awareness

    Brand Associations

    Brand Positioning

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Brand Trust

    Brand Extensions

    Strategies for leveraging secondary brand associations (alliances, sponsorships, endorsements, etc.)

    Brand Architecture

  • Learning outcome

    Course Objectives

    After completing the course the candidates :


    • Has advanced knowledge of the components of brand equity.
    • Has an understanding of the sources and consequences of brand equity.
    • Has knowledge of methodological approaches for measuring brand equity.
    • Has in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of central processes and constructs in brand strategy.


    • Can analyze and critically deal with various sources of information and using them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.
    • Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and working independently on practical and theoretical problems.
    • Can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.


    • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems.
    • Can apply their knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
    • Can communicate extensive independent work and master language and terminology of the academic field.
    • Can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public.
    • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.

  • Teaching

    The course has a combination of plenary lectures and small group-based supervision sessions (physical). There will be no recording.

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Basic knowledge about marketing and consumer behavior. We recommend students to take the course in Consumer Behavior prior to the course in Brand Management, but that is not a formal requirement.

  • Compulsory Activity

    Multiple choice test (approved/not approved)

  • Assessment

    Group-based term-paper (3-6 pr group).

    The grading in this course is based on the following two components:

    1. The written term paper counts 60 percent of the grade and
    2. The oral presentation and defense counts 40 percent of the grade.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A - F.

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    Course book: Keller, K.L. (2020). Strategic Brand Management: Building, Measuring and Managing Brand Equity. Fifth Edition.

    Selected articles posted on Canvas


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring 2024. Semester is changed from Autumn to Spring.

Course responsible

Professor Siv Skard, Department of Strategy and Management.