A global marketing logic: local stakeholders’ influence in diverse emerging markets

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Purpose: The authors discuss a dominant logic as the main idea behind a global marketing logic (GML) of an MNE and investigate how local stakeholders’ influence the feasibility of applying the GML in emerging markets. The aim of the paper is to enhance the understanding of the factors that influence the local stakeholders' acceptance of the MNEs' GML and the different activities of MNEs that may increase the acceptance.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors apply a qualitative case study method investigating three Swedish MNEs and their activities while implementing a GML in the big emerging markets. The authors study their relationships with business, political and social stakeholders.

Findings: The authors identify three persistent contents of the GML: (1) a consistent value chain role across markets, (2) standardized, premium products/services and promotion strategies, (3) a corporate brand-based identity. The development of trust, commitment, legitimacy and power within local stakeholders’ relationships influences the approval. The acceptance of the MNE's GML by local stakeholders strengthens its market position.

Originality/value: The authors extend the knowledge by investigating the nature of a GML and explain to what extent it may help MNEs to gain a competitive position. The authors also discuss how global and local activities may influence local stakeholders' acceptance. This study contributes towards a better understanding of how and to what extent a GML can be successful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1166-1188
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Marketing Review
Issue number6
Early online date7 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021


  • Global marketing logic
  • Multinational enterprises
  • Big emerging markets
  • Inter-organizational
  • relationships
  • Stakeholders
  • Responsiveness


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