Brand Management

MBM402B Brand Management

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    Topics :

    Brand equity provides value both to consumers and firms and understanding the sources and consequences of brand equity is essential for developing brand strategies. The course focuses on the components of brand equity, brand awareness and brand associations. Special focus is given to the consequences of these components of brand equity, but the course also addresses issues related to how to create brand equity. Central to the course is how to measure and use brand equity to differentiate firms offerings. The course also provides a special focus on leveraging the brand. Leveraging the brand is a possible option when a strong brand is developed.

    Themes :

    Brand Equity (Conceptualizations and measurement)

    Brand Awareness

    Brand Associations

    Brand Personality and Brand - Person Relationships

    Brand Identity, Brand positioning, and the BCM model

    Brand Extensions and Brand Alliances

    Luxury brands

    Brand crisis

  • Learning outcome

    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of the program, the candidates shall:


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


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


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

  • Teaching

    The course has a combination of digital lectures, group term paper work, and feedback sessions (digital).

  • 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.

  • Assessment

    Group-based termpaper (3-5 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

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021

Course responsible

Professor Leif E. Hem, Department of Strategy and Management.