IKEA's Globalization Strategies and its Foray in China

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Case Code : BSTR173
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 1995-2005
Organization : IKEA
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : China
Themes :Globalization | International Business
Industry : Retail

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