Paul & Elisabeth Merage Foundation | Andre & Katherine Merage Foundation


Imran Currim, Ph.D.

Imran Currim, Ph.D.

Chancellor’s Professor / Associate Dean, Marketing & Student Relations for Executive MBA Programs

The Paul Merage School of Business / University of California, Irvine

Class Overview

This Module will help Israeli business people understand and develop alternative marketing strategies for U.S. markets. We will focus on organic growth, when companies grow through existing or new products or services in existing or new markets. Discussions will cover securing new markets through expanding geographically and targeting new segments (or customers). Learning is facilitated through a combination of readings, case discussions, and an assignment.

Monday, June 3RD 8.00 – 12.00
Introduction, Alternative Growth Strategies, Honda Motor Car Company

Monday, June 3RD 1.00 – 2.30

1. How do you assess Biopure’s potential in the human market? The animal market?
2. What are the biggest obstacles to Biopure’s success in the human market? The animal market?
3. How might Oxyglobin be a threat to Hemopure? How might it be an asset to Hemopure?
4. What should Biopure do regarding the commercial release of Oxyglobin? If they release, what price should they set? How should it be distributed?

Monday, June 3RD 2.45 -5.00

1. Diagram Invisalign’s channel structure for the (a) promotion selling cycle and (b) ordering/physical possession cycle.

2. What channel functions and flows are performed by each channel member for Invisalign and the traditional braces market?

3. Are there any gaps in the channel? Are channel members performing funtions that Invisalign intends them to? If not, why not?

4. Are channel power sources affecting Invisalign’s success? If so, how?

5. What would you do to ramp up conversion from generation of interest to capture?

Tuesday, June 4TH 8.00 – 12.00
Customization of Marketing Strategies and Group Discussion

Tuesday, June 4TH 8:00 – 8:15

We will make a list of Israeli products or services for export. The participants will be divided into groups. Each group will select a product or service offered by a group member firm for export.

Tuesday, June 4TH 8:15-10:00

Dr. Currim will lead a brainstorming session on key questions and methodology for development of export plan

Tuesday, June 4TH 10.00 – 11.00
Group Develops Marketing Strategy for Israeli Exports to the U.S.

Each group will come up with:

(a) key questions to be answered in order to judge the export potential of the product or service, to be summarized on 1-2 transparencies, and
(b) an outline of a process or methodology for answering the key questions, to be summarized on 1-2 transparencies.

Tuesday, June 4TH 11:15 – 12:00
Group Presentations and Discussion

Each group will present the output of the 9.45-10.45 session, followed by a discussion on how the questions and methodology can be enhanced (15-20 minutes per group)


1. An Export Marketing Plan for Small Companies, International Trade FORUM, 2, 1995.

2. Strategic Market Management, 6th Edition, 2001, John Wiley and Sons, New York.

3. “The Brand Report Card,” Harvard Business Review, January-February 2000, p. 147-57.

*4. Biopure, Harvard Business School Case 9-598-150.

*5. *5. Invisalign, Kellogg Business School Northwestern University Case KEL032-PDF-ENG

*I hope you can read items 4 and 5 before my Monday-Tuesday session and briefly write your thoughts on each of the questions on the case (see below). This is important for the group discussion. Items 3, 4, and 5 can be ordered from (Harvard Business School Publishing).

While it is preferable that other items are read before the two-day session, it is not necessary. However I recommend these items (particularly item 2) be read after you return to Israel. You may be able to find Item 2 (a paperback) in Israel at a lower price.

Alternatively it can be ordered from although they may take some time to ship your order. If some of item 2 can be read before my two-day session I recommend you read Chapters 11, 12, 9, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (ordered from most important to important), or any subset of these chapters.Our discussion will focus on how the concepts in the book are being used, have been used, and can be used in specific company settings.