Discussion Questions for Chapter 1
The Scope and Challenge of International Marketing
|1. |Define: | | | |International marketing |Foreign uncontrollables | | |Controllable elements |Marketing relativism | | |Uncontrollable elements |Self-reference criterion (SRC) | | |Domestic uncontrollables |Global awareness |
2. “. . . the marketer’s task is the same whether applied in Dime Box, Texas, or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.”
Discuss. The only difference between domestic marketing and international marketing is that the activities take place in more than one country. Therefore, the marketing task is the same throughout the world.
3. How can the increased interest in international marketing on the part of the U.S. firms be explained?
Increased interest has been brought about because of changing competitive structures, coupled with shifts in demand characteristics throughout the world. The U.S. market has reached saturation levels for many products, and increasing numbers of firms are faced with surpluses which must be sold. Also, many firms find that return on investment may be higher in foreign markets than in domestic markets. Finally, more and more firms realize that tomorrow’s markets will be world markets and it is imperative that they establish world market positions early.
4. Discuss the four phases of international marketing involvement.
The first phase includes those domestic firms which have no foreign business activity except those sales made to foreign customers who come directly to the firm. The second phase includes domestic firms which have temporary surpluses which are sold abroad. Therefore, sales are made on an availability basis with little or no intention for continuing market representation. The third phase includes the domestic firms that have permanent productive capacity which is utilized to produce goods which are sold on a continuing basis in foreign markets. The fourth phase includes the international company that produces a product for the world market.
5. Discuss the conditions that have led to the development of global markets.
According to the Professor Levitt and others who suggest that there is a global market for goods, this phenomenon has resulted from new communications technology, travel and other factors which have led to the markets of the world being more aware of different products and processes. As a result of this awareness, there are segments in each market who have had similar experiences and thus have common needs. These common needs are described as a demand for high quality, reasonably priced, standardized products. There is a strong feeling that within each country’s market there is a growing segment that has been exposed to ideas from around the world and thus have had their tastes and perceived needs affected. There is a strong feeling that world markets are being driven toward a converging commonality of taste and needs leading toward global markets.
6. Differentiate between a global company and a multinational company.
The main distinction between a global and a multinational company is that a global company assumes there are segments across countries which have the same needs and wants and designs a standardized, high quality, reasonably priced product for those segments and markets it as if there are no differences among the country markets. On the other hand, a multinational company operates in a number of countries and...
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