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Solving paradox by increasing technological capacity: A critique of the concept of business model innovation at TikTok

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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.

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Author(s): Li X

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Management and Organization Review

Year: 2022

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 203-208

Print publication date: 01/02/2022

Online publication date: 12/01/2022

Acceptance date: 12/11/2021

Date deposited: 23/03/2022

ISSN (print): 1740-8776

ISSN (electronic): 1740-8784

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/mor.2021.78


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