Judy Frels

Judy Frels is a Clinical Professor of Marketing and teaches Marketing Strategy and leads Action Learning Projects at the EMBA and MBA levels at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. At Smith, she is the Assistant Dean of Online Programs. Judy rejoined Smith after spending four years as Associate Professor of Marketing at Audencia Nantes School of Management in Nantes, France where she was also the Head of the Marketing Research Axis. Prior to moving to France in 2010, Judy held faculty and staff positions for 11 years at Smith where she was a winner of the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence and frequent recipient of the Top 15% Award.

By Foot, Bike or Donkey

Economists point to rural Africa, India, China and Eastern Europe as the next big frontiers for multinational corporations. But to be successful in rural developing markets, companies need to customize their approach to the local market in all aspects of their business strategies.

Think Local to Win in Rural Developing Markets

Economists point to the rural parts of Africa, India, China, Eastern Europe and other developing markets as the next frontier for big multinational corporations. But the challenges of selling products and services to consumers in these environments go way beyond effective marketing campaigns. And it’s more than just swapping out features to suit local tastes. New research co-authored by Smith professor Judy Frels shows that companies need to customize their approach to the local market in all aspects of their business strategies to succeed in rural emerging markets. Read more...

Judy Frels

Judy Frels is a Clinical Professor of Marketing and teaches Marketing Strategy and leads Action Learning Projects at the EMBA and MBA levels at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. At Smith, she is the Assistant Dean of Online Programs. 

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