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Reflections on global brands, global consumer culture and globalization

Saeed Samiee (Collins College of Business, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Article publication date: 26 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore global brands, global consumer culture (GCC) and globalization, and offers a thesis in line with Steenkamp (2019) regarding the world’s continued move toward greater integration.

Design/methodology/approach

The study examines the three concepts articulated by Steenkamp (2019): global brands, GCC and globalization.

Findings

Globalization is often thought of as a necessary condition for the existence of global brands and GCC. However, global brands existed long before the transition toward an increasingly integrated world. Further, global branding is related to the development of GCC as an intermarket segment. The paper also highlights the absence of an operational definition for global brands and the overemphasis on consumer brands as the drivers of much of the research in global branding and GCC.

Originality/value

The paper offers a different perspective on the GCC phenomenon, and identifies new avenues for future research.

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Citation

Samiee, S. (2019), "Reflections on global brands, global consumer culture and globalization", International Marketing Review, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 536-544. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-11-2018-0342

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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