Corporate real estate mirrors brand: a conceptual framework and practical applications

C Khanna, DJM van der Voordt, PW Koppels

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show how international companies (can) use real estate as a means to reinforce corporate identity and to express brand values in order to evoke a positive image in today’s competitive world.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper relies on a review of literature, seven case studies including analysis of company documents and in depth interviews with marketing experts and real estate advisors, and a cross-case analysis showing the translation of brand core values in real estate strategies of these multinationals.
Findings – The findings show that brand values are incorporated in the location strategy, building strategy, workplace strategy and at portfolio management level by all companies, but in different ways and with different focus points. Most common used brand values are “Green” values i.e. sustainability, reliability, transparency, innovation and people oriented. Branding policies take into account both internal stakeholders such as the end users, and external stakeholders such as customers and investors.
Research limitations/implications – The number of interviews is rather limited. Reliability of the findings was enforced by triangulation through connecting the interview findings to literature and strategic documents. Additional empirical research is needed to further explore which strategic choices can be made and in particular what is the actual impact on corporate image and organisational performance.
Practical implications –The different ways to translate corporate brand values in real estate and the conceptual framework that has been developed to describe the step by step approach - from defining a vision to translating the corporate culture and identity into a well-considered real estate strategy - can be used by policy makers and real estate managers in real estate decision-making on strategic, tactical and operational level.
Originality – The paper links findings from Corporate Real Estate Management with insights from marketing theory and adding value by real estate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-230
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Corporate Real Estate
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Corporate Identity
  • Corporate Image
  • Branding
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy
  • CREM
  • Headquarters

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