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'Luxury retailers' entry and expansion strategies in China

Bai, Huifeng, McColl, Julie and Moore, Christopher (2017) 'Luxury retailers' entry and expansion strategies in China. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 45 (7). pp. 1181-1199.

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Abstract

Purpose- This paper examines internationalising luxury fashion retailers’ entry and post-entry expansion strategies in mainland China.
Design/methodology/approach- The study adopts a pragmatic mixed-methods research approach, including a quantitative mail survey and qualitative face-to-face in-depth executive interviews.
Findings- Different from initial single entry methods, multiple methods are increasingly popular for luxury fashion retailers’ post-entry expansion in mainland China. Although directly controlled expansion strategies have become significant, local partnerships are still important and omnichannel distribution strategies are rapidly growing.
Research limitations- The findings were generated in mainland China only.
Originality/value- This work provides an understanding of luxury fashion retailers’ activities in the Chinese market from both macro and micro perspectives. It examines luxury fashion retailers’ initial entry strategies, as well as their post-entry expansion strategies in mainland China. Few studies in the area of international luxury fashion retailing have employed a mixed-methods approach with this number of participants.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-11-2016-0232
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3256

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