Naming as Strategic Communication: Understanding Corporate Name Change through an Integrative Framework Encompassing Branding, Identity and Institutional Theory

Line Schmeltz, Anna Karina Kjeldsen

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This article presents a framework for understanding corporate name change as strategic communication. From a corporate branding perspective, the choice of a new name can be seen as a wish to stand out from a group of similar organizations. Conversely, from an institutional perspective, name change can be perceived as a way to claim membership of a given orga- nizational field. The framework integrates these understandings and serves a double purpose. First, it can be applied as a theoretical lens through which we can analyze and consequently understand naming in diverse sectors around the world. Second, it offers practical support to organiza- tions, private as well as public, who find themselves in a situation where changing the name of the organization could be a way to reach either communicative or organizational goals.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Strategic Communication
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)309-331
Antal sider23
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Brand co-creation
  • Co-creation
  • Corporate branding
  • Corporate communication
  • Corporate identity
  • Identity
  • Museums
  • Names as strategic communication
  • Rebranding
  • Strategic Communication
  • institutional theory
  • Medier, kommunikation og sprog