This article analyses the marketing activities of three Danish architectural firms in Germany during the 1990s from a perspective that is new to project marketing, in that the Bourdivan concepts of social and cultural capital are applied to the offerings and activities of firms. In architecture, cultural capital accumulation entails such things as building visible buildings, winning design competitions, or obtaining important tenders, whereas social capital is accumulated through the recognition by other construction industry actors that one is a member of their circles. The cases presented provide support for our claim that the accumulation of social and cultural capital is crucial to acquiring architectural projects, while also indicating that cultural and social capital are internationally transferable to a limited extent only. This in turn suggests that national construction industries are best viewed as distinct project marketing milieus.
Scandinavian Journal of Management, 2002, Vol 18, Issue 4, p. 589-609
Professional services; Project marketing; Social capital; Cultural capital; Architecture; Professionelle tjenesteydelser; Projektmarkedsføring; Socialkapital; Kulturelkapital; Arkitektur