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The relevance of international marketing strategy to emerging-market exporting firms: from a systematic review towards a conceptual framework

İlayda İpek (Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylül University , Izmir, Turkey)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Article publication date: 8 July 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Given the fact that emerging economies have idiosyncratic characteristics, international marketing strategies of emerging-market exporting firms have been firmly acknowledged to be rather peculiar compared to exporting firms based in developed countries. In this sense, it is therefore incumbent to synthesize the stream of research on international marketing strategy with a particular focus on emerging-market exporting firms. Accordingly, the main purpose of this study is to critically assess the related empirical body of research, and to build a conceptual framework for further development by drawing on the knowledge gaps identified.

Design/methodology/approach

To serve the research objective, this study adopts a systematic literature review methodology. In this sense, 51 articles were content-analyzed as to theoretical underpinnings, scope of research, research methodology, and empirical issues; and a comprehensive conceptual framework and research propositions were developed.

Findings

The findings of this review delineate that the pertinent literature is characterized by some contextual, methodological, and empirical weaknesses. In a nutshell, although the last decades have witnessed a burgeoning interest; the pertinent literature is still at the introductory stage and needs additional improvement.

Originality/value

By addressing the research gap concerning the requirement to synthesize and compile the empirical line of research on international marketing strategy of emerging-market exporting firms, this review study provides novel and valuable insights into the existing knowledge on the subject.

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Citation

İpek, İ. (2021), "The relevance of international marketing strategy to emerging-market exporting firms: from a systematic review towards a conceptual framework", International Marketing Review, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 205-248. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-02-2020-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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