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International ambidexterity and firm performance in small emerging economies

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  • Hsu, Chia-Wen
  • Lien, Yung-Chih
  • Chen, Homin
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    Conventional IB theories stress the importance and implications of a firm's exploitative strategy. However, the unprecedented competitive nature of contemporary business necessitates firm “ambidexterity” — the simultaneous execution of exploitation and exploration activities. Using balanced panel data of 207 Taiwanese firms spanning six years, this research examines the effects of international ambidexterity on firm performance. Findings reveal that ambidexterity promotes a firm's performance. For firms from small emerging economies, international ambidexterity is highly vulnerable to environmental complexity and sensitive to previous international experience and the firm's capability to conduct international business. These factors significantly moderate firm performance.

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    Volume (Year): 48 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 58-67

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    Keywords: FDI; International ambidexterity; Exploitation; Exploration; Small emerging economies;

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