Strategic Ambidexterity and Its Performance Implications for Emerging Economies Multinationals

Zaheer Khan* (Corresponding Author), Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Yong Kyu Lew, Pushyarag Puthusserry, Michael R. Czinkota

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Emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) are attracting significant scholarly attention in the international business and general management domain. The extant research has provided important insights into the EMNEs’ internationalization processes and whether the existing theories adequately explain their outward investment motives. This special issue aims to provide a platform suited to extend the current understanding of the rapid rise of EMNEs and examine the vital role played by strategic ambidexterity and its performance implications for the EMNEs. The current research on EMNEs has failed to adequately leverage strategic ambidexterity and link it with the post-entry performance of EMNEs. We argue that the strategic ambidexterity perspective offers valuable opportunities to understand the post-entry performance of EMNEs as they expand into developed and developing markets. The article also highlights important areas for future research by taking into account the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101762
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

We would like to thank the IBR Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Pervez Ghauri for his overall insightful suggestions, support, and guidance for this special issue. We would also like to thank the authors who have submitted their work. Our thanks also go out to our outstanding reviewers for the valuable comments and feedback given during the review process


  • EMNEs
  • strategic ambidexterity
  • exploration
  • exploitation
  • internationalization
  • emerging market multinationals
  • COVID-19 crisis
  • Emerging market multinationals
  • Exploration
  • Strategic ambidexterity
  • Internationalization
  • Exploitation


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