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The following Short Answer Questions should be completed and submitted to the course faculty via the learning platform for evaluation and grading. Submit your responses to these questions in one WORD document. List the question first, and then your response. Additionally, your responses are to be answered in a paragraph narrative format; not bulletized or numbered lists. In most cases your responses to each individual questions should be no more than 500 words (per question).
Chapter 14. Developing and Marketing Products
Chapter 15. Managing International Operations
1) Discuss how a national business environment can influence a firm’s decision to standardize or differentiate its product. How do cultural differences impact product strategies?
2) Differentiate between the push and pull promotional strategies. Explain the factors that determine whether the push or the pull strategy is appropriate in a given marketing environment.
3) Explain the process of facilities location planning. What issues must companies consider while selecting the location for their production facilities?
4) How is process planning affected by a company’s business-level strategy? How can outsourcing lower risk for firms?
5) Describe the production managers’ decision regarding whether to centralize or decentralize production facilities, and explain the benefits of vertical integration.