(Solution Download) 1 How is IKEA profiting from global expansion What is

1. How is IKEA profiting from global expansion? What is the essence of its strategy for creating value by expanding internationally?
2. How would you characterize IKEA?s original strategic posture in foreign markets? What were the strengths of this posture? What were its weaknesses?
3. How has the strategic posture of IKEA changed as a result of its experiences in the United States? Why did it change its strategy? How would you characterize the strategy of IKEA today?

IKEA may be the world?s most successful global retailer. Established by Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden in 1943 when he was just 17 years old, the home furnishing superstore has grown into a global cult brand with 230 stores in 33 countries that host 410 million shoppers a year and generates sales of ?15 billion ($18 billion). Kamprad himself, who still owns the private company, is rumored to be the world?s richest man.


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