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Cultural influences on global firms' decisions to cut the strategic brand ties that bind: A commentary essay


  • Roster, Catherine A.


Today's global firms face increasing pressure to protect their brand identity from encroachments of copycat brands that seek to benefit from associations firms have established in the minds of consumers. This essay is a commentary to the article “Marking your trade: cultural factors in the prolongation of trademarks” by Melnyk, Giarratana and Torres that raises several important issues warranting further attention by researchers. This essay comments on the paper's contributions, limitations, and opportunities contributing to future research about trademark practices and strategies. Furthermore, the essay suggests useful extensions relative to the more general strategic issue of prolongation or abandonment of intangible brand assets in global markets and the dynamic interface between firm-created and consumer-created brand meaning.

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  • Roster, Catherine A., 2014. "Cultural influences on global firms' decisions to cut the strategic brand ties that bind: A commentary essay," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(4), pages 486-488.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:67:y:2014:i:4:p:486-488
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2013.03.035

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