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An examination of Marriott’s entry into the Chinese hospitality industry: A Brand Equity perspective
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 05:48 authored by Wong, T, Mark WickhamMark Wickham
Â© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Since the Open-Door Reforms and the "opening" of the Chinese market to foreign firms in the late 1970s, numerous Western firms have sought to enter and establish their presence as a market leader in their particular industry. Recently, there has been a call to develop a finer-grained understanding of the specific organisational factors required for international hotels attempting to leverage their brand(s) into China. This paper presents an analysis of Marriott's entry into the Chinese hospitality market, with a particular interest in the resources and capabilities that the company used to effectively manage their Brand Equity in that context. This paper presents an extended Brand Equity model that incorporates the six antecedent resources categories (financial capital, internal relationships, internal operating systems and programs, international brand reputation, human capital and domestic stakeholder relationships management) and five antecedent capabilities associated with the strategic management of Marriott's Brand Equity in the Chinese hospitality market.
Publication titleTourism Management
PublisherElsevier Sci Ltd
Place of publicationThe Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox5 1Gb
Rights statementCopyright 2015 Elsevier