Solving Paradox by Increasing Technological Capacity: A Critique of the Concept of Business Model Innovation at TikTok

Xin Li*

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This paper comments on Yulun Ma and Yue Hu's (2021) recent article ‘Business Model Innovation and Experimentation in Transforming Economies: ByteDance and TikTok’. It argues that TikTok's international success is not due to so-called business model innovation; instead, it is because ByteDance has overcome three major hurdles facing emerging market firms pursuing internationalization. It also posits that the case of TikTok offers inspiration for theorizing paradox, namely, individuals and organizations can solve paradoxical tensions by increasing capacity through the use of advanced technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Published online: 12 January 2022.


  • Business model innovation
  • Emerging market
  • Internationalization
  • Paradox
  • Technology

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