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, September 19 


12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00 – 2.30  BIOPURE

  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? minutes per group).

2.45 -5.00 Invisalign

  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 functions 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, September 20  

8.00 – 12.00 Customization of Marketing Strategies and Group Discussion

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. 

8:15 – 10.00 Dr. Currim will lead a brainstorming session on key questions and methodology for development of export plan

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.

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. Strategic Marketing Management, by David Aaket, 6th Edition, 2001, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
  2. “What High Tech Managers Need to Know About Brands,” Harvard Business Review, July August 1999.
  3.  Biopure, Harvard Business School Case 9-598-150.
  4. Sample6: Partnering to Make Food Safer, Harvard Business School Case 9-814-014

*I hope you can read items 3 and 4 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.  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.  

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