What's the most important factor in business today? Global competition? Digital development? Or is the age-old concept of 'place' actually the key to success even in today's advanced economy? Marketing experts John Quelch and Katherine Jocz believe that huge opportunities are on offer to marketers and business leaders if they stay focused on the power of locality. In "All Business Is Local", they propose a radically different way of looking at marketing. As society becomes increasingly globalized and obsessed with the virtual world, businesses can easily forget that 'place' is more relevant than ever, and that it remains a major factor in the way we organize our lives. Radically redefining 'place' as a business imperative in the global economy, Quelch and Jocz explore five categories (psychological, physical, virtual, geographical and global) and teach us that just as customers' relationships to places profoundly affect their relationships to businesses, today's companies - large and small - have to be local as well as global in order to succeed.
John A. Quelch is dean, vice president and distinguished professor of inter-national management at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He was formerly senior asso-ciate dean of the Harvard Business School and dean of the London Business School. He is also a director of WPP and Alere, a member of the Coun-cil on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Katherine E. Jocz is a consultant and writer on marketing. She was formerly a research associate at the Harvard Business School and director of networks and relationships at Marketspace, a Monitor Group company. She has served as a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing and the board of directors of the Asso-ciation for Consumer Research.
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