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A blueprint for succeeding despite uncertain global markets

Peter Zámborský (Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland Business School, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Business Strategy

ISSN: 0275-6668

Article publication date: 22 April 2020

Issue publication date: 26 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight the importance of developing capabilities to thrive amid global uncertainty. The study builds a framework to help managers assess uncertainty in the global business environment and develop capabilities to prosper amid uncertainty. In doing so, the paper explains three capabilities – sensing the context, driving the market and redesigning the business – providing examples to capture each capability and managerial implications.

Design/methodology/approach

The framework of this study is based on academic research in dynamic capabilities and the author’s scholarly study on global strategy. The paper develops managerial guidelines and illustrates those with practical examples of multinational enterprises to make the case for why managers need to develop the three core capabilities for thriving amid uncertainty to achieve competitive advantage.

Findings

This study identifies three core capabilities that organizations should build if they are to thrive amid global uncertainty, namely, sensing the context, driving the market and redesigning the business. The key practical guidelines to manage this process are provided, including a managerial tool with 10 steps to developing capabilities to thrive amid global uncertainty.

Practical implications

The framework allows for developing dynamic capabilities in a world of new uncertainties such as digital disruption and de-globalization. It offers key guidelines for the journey, thus enabling managers to steer their firms toward thriving in an uncertain global environment.

Originality/value

The augmented uncertainty of the global business environment presents new challenges. The value of this paper lies in the simplicity and practicality of the framework and its focus on the role of an uncertain global environment in developing dynamic capabilities.

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Acknowledgements

The paper is building on my earlier book entitled Global Strategy: Thriving in a World of Uncertainty (2018), published by Top Hat, Toronto, Canada.

Citation

Zámborský, P. (2021), "A blueprint for succeeding despite uncertain global markets", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 168-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBS-01-2020-0010

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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