An Analysis of the critical strategic dimensions for internalization of Brazilian firms in global base-of-pyramid (BOP) markets
This paper presents the critical strategic dimensions to operate in international Base-of-Pyramid (BOP) markets. The variables studied are reasons for internationalizing: prices, promotion, distribution, products, innovation, entrance into markets and processes. A descriptive, exploratory, multiple-case research was developed with the Brazilian firms Natura, O Boticário, AmBev, Embraco, Perdigão and Havaianas. Longitudinal and comparative analyses led to the conclusion that the main reason for entrance in international BOP markets is increased long-term sales and earnings. Critical strategic dimensions are brand management, adequate product mix, process innovation, relationships with stakeholders and corporation culture strengthening.