Disruptive Innovation by Emerging Multinational Latecomers: The Mechanisms Underlying the Trajectories of Catching-Up And Leapfrogging

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    Abstract

    Despite the growing interest in the emerging-economy multinational enterprise (EMNE), there is little knowledge about the underlying mechanism for EMNEs as latecomers to catch up with and even leapfrog the traditional MNEs as early-movers. The cross-fertilization between the research streams on disruptive innovation (DI) and the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) provides a great opportunity to shed light on the key issue. To take advantage of this “missed” opportunity, I integrate the two reframed constructs of DI and BOP and also develop a typology of four ideal-typical innovations toward a theory of latecomer innovation as a special DI by EMNE at BOP to provide insights into the mechanisms underlying the trajectories of catching up and leapfrogging.
    Built upon latecomer innovation, EMNEs at BOP can emerge as the most disruptive challengers to the MNE incumbents at TOP. The implications of reframed constructs, integrative typology, and emerging theory for
    research and practice are also discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages38
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe 3rd Copenhagen Conference on Emerging Multinationals: Outward Investment from Emerging Economies - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 25 Oct 201226 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 3
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe 3rd Copenhagen Conference on Emerging Multinationals
    Number3
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
    CountryDenmark
    CityFrederiksberg
    Period25/10/201226/10/2012
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    Li, P. P. (2012). Disruptive Innovation by Emerging Multinational Latecomers: The Mechanisms Underlying the Trajectories of Catching-Up And Leapfrogging. Paper presented at The 3rd Copenhagen Conference on Emerging Multinationals, Frederiksberg, Denmark.