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Blind spots in global strategy: applications in emerging markets

Seung Ho Park (Department of Strategy, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China)
Gerardo R. Ungson (Department of International Business, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA)

Cross Cultural & Strategic Management

ISSN: 2059-5794

Publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to apply the concept of blind spot to illustrate the misapplication of extant global strategies to emerging markets. The authors discuss cases of multinationals and indigenous local companies to draw insights on firm operations in emerging markets. The authors unpack four specific blind spots that have resonated repeatedly in their operations: an adherence to unqualified scaling, the intractability of localization, the opacity of non-government intervention, and an undue attention to disruption rather than transformation. The study concludes with recommendations that can help companies be better aware of the blind spots and manage more effectively in emerging markets.

Design/methodology/approach

Conceptual.

Findings

Four blind spots: an adherence to unqualified scaling, the intransitivity of localization, the illusion of non-government intervention, and an undue attention to disruption rather than transformation.

Practical implications

The paper is primarily for practitioners.

Originality/value

This study presents some of the key findings from our previous studies on emerging market issues. The authors recently published four different books on various themes on emerging markets. The findings presented in this paper come strictly from these previous projects.

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Citation

Ho Park, S. and R. Ungson, G. (2016), "Blind spots in global strategy: applications in emerging markets", Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 531-550. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCSM-02-2016-0039

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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