Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to utilize the big five models of brand personality concept to explore potential co-branding partners by employing the multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT) to estimate and rank utilities for possible partners from the big five models.
Design/methodology/approach – Design science, an artifact of proof-of-concept system is used for deciding co-branding partners.
Findings - The present study attempts to demonstrate the proof-of-concept of the proposed MAUT-based decision model for a company in determining a beneficial and supportive co-branding partner.
Practical implications - This paper aims to provide clues for industries in terms of providing a MAUT-based decision-making approach and a strategic information system. Examples from the telecommunication industry also demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.
Originality/value - The proposed decision-making method: provides clues for ranking and selection of co-branding partners; explores the brand personality of the potential partners primitively; utilizes the MAUT approach to estimate utilities of the partners; and furnishes a roadmap for brand alliance research.