Department of Marketing

Inaugural Lecture by Adjunct Professor Michael Beverland

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00

Marketing Authentically: Balancing Being and Doing

Claiming one is ‘real, genuine and true’, or authentic, is a powerful branding tool. Consumers, too, seek authenticity through the marketplace, enacting their idealized self with the use of brands, products, services, experiences, stories, and images. However, the relationship between the ‘real’ and the commercially ‘contrived’ has always been fraught with difficulty. Although scholarship on marketplace authenticity is rich with insight, the predominance of contextually focused qualitative work, embedded heavily within specific disciplinary concerns, has inhibited generalizability and led to confusion in practice. Professor Michael Beverland will present the results of a recent meta-synthesis of qualitative research on the generation of authenticity in a range of contexts including consumption, strategy, tourism sites, and service encounters. For two decades, Michael Beverland’s research has specifically focused on understanding marketplace authenticity, emphasizing both organizational strategy and consumer co-creation. In his inaugural lecture, Michael Beverland will highlight how tension management lies at the heart of co-creating authentic brands, identifying five tensions marketplace actors need to work through, and the respective strategies and cues one can use to do so. With our understanding of authenticity being characterized by fragmentation, contradiction, and contextually focused insights, Michael Beverland synthesis aims to bring greater clarity for all stakeholders seeking to manage for authenticity.

14.00-14.05 Welcome by Professor Søren Hvidkjær, Dean of Research
14.05-14.15 Introduction by Professor Adam Lindgreen, Head of Department
14.15-15.00 Lecture by Adjunct Professor Michael Beverland
15.00-16.00 Reception in Rotunden (Solbjerg Plads)

Lecture is held in room SP201

Please register at before September 14, 2018


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