Use any resources necessary in answering the discussion questions. Please remember that your explanations to the discussion questions above must be substantive, clear, deliberate, and meaningful detailed essays.
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- Be it product strategy, promotion strategy, pricing strategy, or distribution strategy, if there is an important issue that permeates our course it is whether firms should standardize or customize global marketing strategy. Thus, we once again revisit the issue of standardization-customization in “Global Marketing Channels and the Standardization Controversy,” but this time around we examine whether distribution/marketing channels strategy should be standardized or adapted.
- Provide a detailed summary of the article titled “Global Marketing Channels and the Standardization Controversy.” In your summary, discuss EACH of the steps involved in the Global Channels Decision Making Process (as discussed in the article and video lecture module).
- What are the key channel design decisions?
- Define and discuss the difference between international marketing channel program standardization and international marketing channel process standardization. Explain your position in substantive detail.
- Does this article deal with the issue of international marketing channel program standardization or international marketing channel process standardization? Explain your position in substantive detail.
- In your estimation, can international marketing channels (i.e., the design and structure of marketing channels) be standardized? Explain your position.