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Management article
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Reference no. 68603
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1968

Abstract

The prevailing view of multinational companies (MNCs) is that marketing strategy is a local problem which differs from country to country. There are, however, potential benefits in standardizing multinational marketing strategy. Significant cost savings, consistency in dealing with customers, improved planning and control, and the exploitation of good ideas represent potential gains with an integrated approach to marketing strategy. In view of the trend toward at least partial centralization of marketing management, the right balance between local autonomy and central coordination is essential if marketing strategy is to encompass a multinational perspective.

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Abstract

The prevailing view of multinational companies (MNCs) is that marketing strategy is a local problem which differs from country to country. There are, however, potential benefits in standardizing multinational marketing strategy. Significant cost savings, consistency in dealing with customers, improved planning and control, and the exploitation of good ideas represent potential gains with an integrated approach to marketing strategy. In view of the trend toward at least partial centralization of marketing management, the right balance between local autonomy and central coordination is essential if marketing strategy is to encompass a multinational perspective.

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