Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1998 (Revised May 1999)

Arnold Communications

by Teresa M. Amabile and Jeremiah Weinstock


The new owner and CEO of Arnold Advertising, a relatively small regional agency, aims to build it into Arnold Communications--a much larger, stronger firm competing successfully for national accounts. As part of this growth strategy, the agency develops a process for identifying the "brand essence" of a client's product and using the essence to guide the development of all creative work on the client's campaign. In most cases, the approach appears to be successful at winning new business. Questions arise, however, about the effectiveness of the process for guiding the ongoing creative development and implementation of advertising campaigns.

Keywords: Management Practices and Processes; Creativity; Entrepreneurship; Advertising; Business Processes; Brands and Branding; Growth and Development Strategy; Advertising Industry;


Amabile, Teresa M., and Jeremiah Weinstock. "Arnold Communications." Harvard Business School Case 899-083, September 1998. (Revised May 1999.)