Multidexterity:combining competing business models in transforming economies

Demir, Robert and Angwin, Duncan (2021) Multidexterity:combining competing business models in transforming economies. Management and Organization Review, 17 (2). pp. 282-313. ISSN 1740-8776

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In an attempt to respond to recent calls for better understanding the coexistence of multiple business models, we develop the concept of ‘multidexterity’— the ability to develop, nurture, and execute several distinctive BM strategies simultaneously across different levels and functions of the MNC and its host markets. To illustrate this approach, we describe a European healthcare firm entering the rapidly transforming economy of China and facing regulatory constraints and ambiguities in the application of industry standards. This situation is a generic challenge for MNCs entering rapidly transforming economies, which they help in turn to substantially alter and develop. We argue multidextrous business models are effective entry strategies for MNCs. They also help resolve two conceptual limitations in the BMI literature: (1) the problem of environmental contingencies and (2) the interrelatedness of factors at the macro, meso and micro levels. We address these problems from a practice approach. We provide some implications for the concept of multidexterity and business models, and address managerial challenges and prospects in developing multidextrous organizations.

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