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Business model innovation: How the international retailers rebuild their core business logic in a new host country

Lanlan Cao, Jyoti Navare and Zhongqi Jin

International Business Review, 2018, vol. 27, issue 3, 543-562

Abstract: Although research into the business model has received increasing attention, few studies have so far been conducted on business model innovation in an international context. The purpose of the study is to identify different patterns of business model innovation which enables international retailers to rebuild their core business logic in new host countries. On the basis of comparing and contrasting the business model changes of 15 international retailers from various home countries to one single host country (China), our study provides an in-depth understanding of business model innovation in the context of international business. By looking at the firms’ capabilities in rebuilding their core logic in the setting of a host country, we reveal six routes of retail business model innovation. Utilizing the lens of organizational learning theory and internationalization, we identify three patterns of resource deployment by international companies in the process of developing business model innovations. Our study, therefore, provides insights and guidance for multinational companies in general, international retailers in particular, as for how to successfully adapt their business model from home country to host country.

Keywords: Business model; Internationalization; Case theoretical approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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