• It’s payout time for companies with high Brand Competitiveness

    Much has been written since March about the changing and challenging environment and how brands can navigate through the COVID-19 crisis to survive.

  • Taking performance cues from east Asian markets

    As the ‘Asian century’ becomes ever more prevalent and the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers speed, marketers are having to surf a tidal wave of creative destruction. The choice is stark: Embrace change, or resign yourself to a Darwinian fate.

  • How service heterogeneity is impacting engagement

    Marketers have long known the importance of standardising products to assure quality and consistency. For services, however, standardisation is much more complex.

  • What the modern gig economy is doing to customer experience

    Most marketing theory was established in the context of stable employment relationships. From front-line staff to marketing strategists and brand managers, employees generally enjoyed job security with classic benefits such as superannuation plans, stable income streams, employment rights, training, sabbaticals and long-service leave.

  • The impact of uniforms on consumer brand preferences

    Flight attendant uniforms attract attention. From a primary association with sex appeal during the 1960-70s, to the diverse role they perform today, the flight attendant’s uniform sits front and centre in the advertising imagery of many airlines. However, relatively little is known about the ways in which consumer behaviour is influenced by airline uniforms.

  • Making Korean brands sexy

    If you told someone in the 1980s that South Korean brands would one day supersede many Western and Japanese competitors for innovation, brand management and profitability, they would have declared you insane. But that is exactly what has happened.

  • How brand exposure and experience impact brand recall

    One of the most important dimensions in brand management is for consumers to remember our brands. New research by Macquarie University gives brands fresh insights as they grapple with the relationship between brand exposure, brand trust and brand recall.

Dr Chris Baumann

  • Associate professor, Macquarie University
Dr Chris Baumann is an associate professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, researching competitiveness, education, East Asia and customer loyalty. He has authored more than 50 refereed journal articles and conference papers with more than 350 citations. He has been awarded for his research and teaching, including from the Australian government for enthusiastic approach to education. Dr Baumann is also visiting professor at Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea and at Aarhus University, Denmark. He introduced ground breaking concepts: Competitive Productivity, Latecomer Brand, Premium Generic Brand (PGB) and the ‘country of origin of service staff (COSS)’ effect. He has a long-standing relationship with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, as MBA Alumni and research collaborator.

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