Managing corporate visual identity: use and effects of organizational measures to support a consistent self-presentation

Annette van den Bosch, Menno de Jong, Wim Elving

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It is generally acknowledged that corporate visual identity (CVI) is an important element of identity, reputation, and relationship management. Academic research has focused strongly on the strategic and design aspects of CVI, and neglected the operational level. This article addresses one of the major operational issues: the problem of ensuring a consistent use of a CVI. Based on a survey among employees of 20 large Dutch organizations, this study compares the use, perceived importance, and effects of various (structurally and culturally embedded) measures organizations may take to support the consistency of their CVI. Little correspondence was found between the use, perceived importance, and effectiveness of the various measures. Although technical tools (such as templates) and access for all employees to up to date guidelines were prevalent in the use and perceived importance analyses, one of the underexposed culturally embedded measures—i.e., managers setting an example—appeared to be a crucial
factor in maintaining a consistent CVI.
Translated title of the contributionHuisstijl management; het gebruik van organisatie-instrumenten voor het behoud van een consistente zelf presentatie
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-234
JournalPublic relations review
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • corporate identity

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