Brand personality dimensions in China

Shu Chuan Chu, Yongjun Sung

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Although a considerable amount of research has been conducted to conceptualize brand personality, no study yet examined the structure of brand personality dimensions in China. This research identifies a theoretical framework of six brand personality dimensions in China. Of the six dimensions identified, three dimensions (Competence, Excitement, and Sophistication) are consistent with those found in the USA, whereas three dimensions carry culture-specific meaning (Traditionalism, Joyfulness, and Trendiness), supporting our prediction that Chinese brand personality structure shows the coexistence of traditional and changing cultural values in contemporary Chinese society. The findings suggest that the symbolic meaning embedded in Chinese commercial brands is under considerable influence of both western modernism and Chinese traditionalism. Theoretical and managerial implications regarding the symbolic use of commercial brands are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Marketing Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Brand personality
  • China
  • Culture
  • Global brand management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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