Compositional Springboarding and EMNE Evolution

Peter Ping Li, Shameen Prashantham*, Abby Jingzi Zhou, Steven Shijin Zhou

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We provide an integrative account of how springboarding emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) traverse the distinct contexts of their home and host markets by synthesizing the composition-based view with the Springboard Perspective to offer a novel, holistic, and dynamic Compositional Springboarding Perspective of EMNE evolution. We argue that EMNE internationalization entails a meta-duality between a compositional logic (home market) and springboarding logic (host market), and that the capabilities associated with springboarding – amalgamation, ambidexterity, and adaptability – help balance these two logics’ interplay and integration. We elaborate on the differential roles that these capabilities play across the upward spiral’s five stages (the process of EMNE evolution), which have differing emphases in terms of these logics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)754-766
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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Published online: 21 January 2021.


  • Ambidexterity
  • Composition-based view
  • Emerging economies
  • Emerging markets
  • Emerging market multi-nationals
  • Internationalization
  • Organization learning
  • Springboard perspective
  • Unlearning

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