Launching new global products into subsidiary markets: The vital role of sales and marketing collaboration

Kenneth Le Meunier-FitzHugh, Teresa Cometto, Jim Johnson

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We examine how to encourage collaboration between local sales and marketing teams in multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiaries in order to successfully commercialize new product launches by creating integrated, locally adapted implementation plans. Empirical research within six subsidiaries of an MNE operating in southern Latin America found that centrally produced processes alone were insufficient for successfully launching new products in these subsidiary markets. However, devolving power, while using cross‐functional teams and formalized processes to encourage communication, led to the development of the types of trust that facilitate effective relationships between sales and marketing teams, which resulted in successfully adapted new product launches for each subsidiary market. We discuss the implications of our findings for theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-558
Number of pages16
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number4
Early online date21 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Latin America
  • MNE subsidiaries
  • intrafirm relationships
  • new product launches
  • sales and marketing
  • trust

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