Nike - The 'Goddess of Marketing'

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Case Code : MKTG088
Case Length : 13 Pages
Period : 1957-2003
Pub Date : 2001
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : NIKE Inc.
Industry : Shoe Manufacturing
Countries : USA

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