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Internationalizing concept or product? H. Stern Jewelers in Asia

Jorge Carneiro (IAG Business School, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Geraldine Tonoli (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Talita Barbosa Matos Peixoto (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Rafael Magalhães Costa (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Fábio de Matos Domingues (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Carlos Falcão Maranhão (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Paulo David Tostes dos Santos (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer instructors a real managerial dilemma faced by a prestigious Brazilian jewelry company as it decides how it should expand into two Asian countries: China and South Korea.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors followed guidelines for developing teaching cases as those suggested by Gill's (2011) seminal contribution, Informing with the Case Method.

Findings

Since this is a teaching case, there are no “findings” in the usual sense of the word related to traditional empirical studies.

Research limitations/implications

Data for the case came mainly from the stated visions and opinions of the firm's spokesperson and may reflect his own particular (though influential) views. The authors also used public secondary data from consulting companies, market research firms and business magazines. Although these accounts may be partial, this is not a severe limitation since a teaching case is expected to provide some information, but not a full set of information, in order to better reflect real managerial situations.

Practical implications

This case study may help students understand and “live trough” a real managerial dilemma, related to international expansion to a rather distinct environment from those the firm has been accustomed to.

Originality/value

This teaching case brings relevant material for in-class discussion of a successful emerging market firm that has successfully paved its way into developed Western markets and now seeks to expand into Eastern lands. Decisions related to strategic positioning and international marketing make the core of the managerial dilemmas that the firm has to face.

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Citation

Carneiro, J., Tonoli, G., Barbosa Matos Peixoto, T., Magalhães Costa, R., de Matos Domingues, F., Falcão Maranhão, C. and David Tostes dos Santos, P. (2014), "Internationalizing concept or product? H. Stern Jewelers in Asia", Management Decision, Vol. 52 No. 9, pp. 1703-1723. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-10-2013-0565

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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