Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan
University of Aberdeen | ABDN · Department of Management

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Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are highly emotional events for the employees of involved organizations. The strength and directionality of emotional reactions can result in positive or negative employee outcomes contributing to success or failure of cross-border M&As. Existing studies on emotions and cross-border M&As have identified...
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The Digital Platform Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (DPSMEs) were introduced to the world as a disruptive innovation with a new Business Model Innovation (BMI). Yet, this innovation process is still unknown in the literature. Through a qualitative, multiple-case study of six DPSMEs that operate under challenging conditions, we contribute to the...
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Purpose This paper explores the survival strategies and coping mechanisms of ethnic minority entrepreneurs operating in the hospitality sector in northern Finland during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach The paper utilizes qualitative research approach based on six exploratory case studies. The in-depth interviews in two p...
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The restructuring of global value/supply chains gained increasing attention as the unprecedented COVID-19 echoed around the world. Yet, the COVID-19 related theory-driven, large scale quantitative, and empirical studies are relatively scarce. This study advances the extant literature by empirically investigating how do firms in the global food valu...
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Purpose Obesity leads to increased mortality and morbidity among children, as well as when they turn adults. Melding marketing theories in social influence and message framing, this study aims to examine how compliance versus conformance social influence, each framed either prescriptively or proscriptively, may guide children’s choice of healthy ve...
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The unique challenges posed by COVID‐19 call for new insights into how firms respond to multiheaded and multistage evolving global crises. Whilst prior research acknowledges the potential role flexible organizational designs and top management teams (TMTs) have for crisis management, these bodies of literature have evolved separately with limited c...
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Corporate foresight (CF) has received increasing attention from scholars and practitioners alike. Due to the increasing environmental complexity and unpredictability that the corporate world is encountering, companies from various sectors have realized the need to engage in CF to mitigate uncertainty. However, current research on the topic remains...
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This comprehensive and engaging Research Handbook provides a full examination of the modes and mechanisms of international knowledge transfer. Furthermore, it also provides in-depth insights into international knowledge transfer related challenges faced by multinational enterprises (MNEs). Chapters written by well-respected contributors provide ex...
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The restructuring of global value/supply chains gained increasing attention as the unprecedented COVID-19 echoed around the world. Yet, the COVID-19 related theory-driven, large scale quantitative, and empirical studies are relatively scarce. This study advances the extant literature by empirically investigating how do firms in the global food valu...
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This study investigates how mutual dependence and power imbalance, which have been differentiated by recent studies adopting the theoretical lens of resource dependence theory (RDT) as two distinct forms of interdependence, change the effect of technological similarity between the acquiring firm and the target firm on post‐acquisition innovation ac...
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This paper extends prior scholarly works on entrepreneurial failure, entrepreneurial resilience and learning from failure by examining how the effects of prior experiences of entrepreneurial business failure (EBF) manifest in the entrepreneurial process of subsequent venture formation. We elucidate the pre-founding and post-founding effects of prio...
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Inspired by burgeoning scholarly interest in the role of digitalization in the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is driving or constraining the digitalization of businesses around the globe. We contend that COVID‐19 is “the great accelerator” in fast-tracking the existing global trend towards embracing modern emerging...
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Drawing upon key insights from the resource orchestration framework as a dynamic perspective on the resource-based view (RBV), we investigated the value creation dynamics found in sharing economy platform firms. By performing multiple-case analyses on platform firms operating in the sharing economy in China, we identified three main mechanisms by w...
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The involvement of customers as data analysts enables firms to gain valuable insights and create value from big data. We provide a theoretical explanation, drawn from the resource‐based view, for the influence of the involvement of customers as data analysts and of the development of big data analytics (BDA) capabilities in business‐to‐business con...
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This paper focuses on an under-researched topic of knowledge sharing dynamics in international subcontracting relationships of SMEs. Based on in-depth qualitative analysis of three Finnish high-tech firms, our findings reveal that not only cost and performance expectations motivate SMEs for international subcontracting, but also the factors like la...
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Purpose This paper focuses on the influences of the COVID-19 pandemic on B2B firms’ relationship initiation and customer relationship management in an under-explored and unique context of high-tech industrial microenterprises. We analyze the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in a specific context of B2B relationship initiation and customer...
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Big data analytics (BDA) is a revolutionary approach for sound decision-making in organizations that can lead to remarkable changes in transforming and supporting the circular economy (CE). However, extant literature on BDA capability has paid limited attention to understanding the enabling role of data-driven insights for supporting decision-makin...
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Purpose – The current paper aims to specifically focus on the challenges that human resource management (HRM) function in contemporary organisations faces due to close interaction between AI (primarily robots) and human workers especially at the team level. It further discusses important potential strategies, which can be useful to overcome these c...
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Business failure in post pandemic era: new challenges for industrial networks, emerging insights and market opportunities Today’s global news headlines are rightly occupied with latest incidents and cases of the COVID‐19 pandemic. In the midst of this challenging and evolving global economy, it is plausible to argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has b...
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Purpose This paper presents a theorization and an empirical analysis of the influences of international open innovation (IOI) on the international market success of emerging market small and medium-sized enterprises (ESMEs). An analysis of the moderating roles played by cross-cultural competencies and digital alliance capabilities in this specific...
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Institutional settings in emerging markets are often plagued by state actors exploiting the vulnerability of resource-constrained small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Whilst we know a great deal about how large firms use non-market strategies (NMS) to navigate such institutional spaces, current knowledge of such strategies in connection with...
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Supply chain disruption refers to a breakdown, often caused by an unforeseen incident or risk, in a supply chain's production or distribution process. Contemporary supply chains are globalized, complex, and extended, exhibiting an increased vulnerability to a multitude of risks and disruptions. However, the current trend of real-time data exchange...
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This paper investigates how business incubators facilitate the international growth of start-up clients originating from emerging markets. Drawing key insights from a network perspective, we explore the processes by which business incubators create international linkages between the networks of knowledge creation and knowledge application. Our anal...
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Does capital structure influence firms' FDI capital expenditure decisions into countries with varying degrees of political risk? We explore this question using a novel dataset that matches 10,000 unique outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) projects with 1135 distinct U.S. firms over the period 2003–2014. We find that capital expenditures alloca...
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Prior research suggests that corporate boards and directors play important roles in firm strategy and performance. In this paper, we examine an important yet under‐explored avenue and focus on their role in overcoming the multilevel psychic distance (PD) faced by internationalizing small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) originating from an emerg...
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This paper examines the impact of local competition and local firm market power on misconduct by analyzing the investment adviser market. The study is based on an extensive sample of more than 3.8 million employee-year observations of investment advisers resulting in 709,416 firm-county-year observations over 12 years. The findings show that a firm...
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Over the last two decades, performance management systems (PMSs) have been the focus of increasing attention. However, scant research has examined the link between individual‐ and organizational‐level performance in the context of cross‐border mergers and acquisitions. Employee withdrawal adversely affects organizations, and has thus been associate...
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This article explores the role of the formal network centrality of top management teams (TMT) for foreign expansion, looking at the case of Chinese firms. The former is defined by the degree to which top managers are connected with TMTs of other firms in formal ways, through service as independent board members. We explore boundary conditions, comp...
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The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the fortunes of multiple companies around the globe. Accordingly, questions are increasingly being asked about how organizations can revitalize during and after a crisis. Yet, we have limited understanding of how organizations renew themselves during crises over time. We explore this que...
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This paper addresses the skills development of local employees, following the operations of foreign firms in violence-hit and fragile countries. Despite being high-risk countries, such countries receive the attention of foreign firms, which in many cases offer services that are vital for daily life and improve local productivity. Within the overall...
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This chapter analyzes the influences and implications of ongoing global pandemic caused by COVID-19 on strategic industries. We offer a conceptual overview of the role of strategic industries and how their role and perceptions change during the time of crises. This is followed by specific discussion on COVID-19, and how it has influenced perception...
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Using panel data of 1080 multinational corporations (MNCs) from the United States, we examine the effects of environmental sustainability practices on the degree of firms’ offshoring activities. In addition, we disaggregate offshoring activities into their core components depending on whether or not the firm buys (inputs) or sells (outputs) and/or...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the important role of cross-sector partnerships and collaboration in global emergency management, relevant in situations such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and grand global challenges. Design/methodology/approach The paper utilizes exploratory historical methods and examines cross-sector partnersh...
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Although scholars in management recognize the value of harnessing big data to understand, predict and respond to future events, there remains little or very limited overview of how various analytics techniques can be harnessed to provide the basis for guiding scholars in studying contemporary management topics and global grand challenges raised by...
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This paper examines whether board gender diversity affects the decision to cross-list firms. The study is based on an extensive sample of 131,022 company-year observations consisting of 15,751 unique companies across 66 industries in 83 countries with different levels of institutional development from 1999 to 2018. Analysis reveals that cross-listi...
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Advanced economy multinational enterprises (AMNEs) face idiosyncratic challenges related to the governance of their sustainability practices in their emerging market supply chains. One way for AMNEs to address these challenges would be by adopting agile sustainability governance mechanisms. Drawing on the theories of experimentalist governance and...
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This article examines the mediating mechanism of the relationship between institutional voids (IVs) and inter-firm cooperation and the moderating role of economic adversity in the context of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in emerging markets. The hypotheses are tested using time-lagged survey data from 214 SMEs from Ghana. The find...
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Emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) are attracting significant scholarly attention in the international business and general management domain. The extant research has provided important insights into the EMNEs' internationalization processes and whether the existing theories adequately explain their outward investment motives. This s...
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This paper contributes to international business literature by investigating the relationship between perceived corruption and the degree of internationalization (DoI) through business process digitization (BPD). Moreover, the paper examines the moderating effect of firm age on the correlation between perceived corruption and BPD. Using data collec...
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In light of growing scholarly works on business failure, across the social science domains, it is surprising that past studies have largely overlooked how extreme environmental shocks and ‘black swan’ events such as those caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other global crises, can precipitate business failures. Drawing insights from...
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This article explores learning among rapidly internationalizing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and how this supports the post-internationalization growth and survival of these firms. We utilize a qualitative multiple case study approach of ten information and communication technology (ICT) SMEs from a key emerging market—India. Findings...
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Migrants launch international ventures, targeting their home countries and other international markets. We investigate migrant-own businesses that undertake international business ventures. Leveraging extant literature and case studies, the study highlights international entrepreneurship in such firms by examining the roles of key organizational fa...
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This article performs a systematic literature review of the undeniably diverse – and somewhat fragmented – current state of research on the collaborations and internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We analyze key works and synthesize them into a framework that conceptually maps key antecedents, mediators, and moderators...
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The Digital Platform Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (DPSMEs) introduced to the world as a disruptive innovation with a new BMI. Yet, this innovation process is still unknown in literature. This paper discusses a new framework to investigate the dynamic process of innovating DPSMEs activities in BM. This study argues that BMI as change process o...
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This article examines the role of networks and global value chains (GVCs) and how they influence emerging economy small- and medium-sized enterprises’ (EE-SMEs) internationalization. Drawing on the insights, experiences, and perspectives of entrepreneurs and senior managers of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have originated from Chi...
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This paper builds on prior scholarly works by examining the relationship between organizing paradox (formalization and decentralization), and organizational levels of learning paradoxes, i.e. exploration and exploitation, and firms’ outcomes (organizational creativity, organizational resilience and organizational energy). Using data from 98 executi...
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This paper examines the role played by dynamic capabilities and business model innovation in international social purpose organizations (ISPOs) operating across developing and developed countries. Utilizing a qualitative multiple case study methodology, we identify a set of dynamic capabilities deployed and leveraged by these organizations for busi...
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The internationalization of firms from emerging economies have attracted significant research interest. Yet, there is limited research that has examined the role of dynamic capabilities in the global strategy of these firms, and how these firms develop and use different set of dynamic capabilities in their foreign operation. This article provides k...
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There is a lack of understanding of how social enterprises with their partners co-create opportunities to concurrently generate both social and economic value across the pyramid. Drawing on evidence from multiple case-studies, this paper addresses this gap to further our understanding of opportunity co-creation by social enterprises. We find that s...
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Research Summary Relatively limited research has been conducted on the evolutionary development of social capital during the internationalization process of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). We address this issue through a qualitative study of 30 pairs of British and Indian SMEs that have developed international business relations with eac...
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In this article, we examine the mechanisms of the corporate political activities of service multinational enterprises (SMNEs) operating in an emerging economy. Reporting the findings of qualitative interviews with key decision-makers in Ukraine, the article illuminates how SMNEs operating in turbulent institutional contexts can enact various corpor...
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The rise of the digital economy provides firms across the globe with unique business opportunities. Companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, and Uber are competing in a new multi-sided platform world; the primary focus of these firms, from their inception, is to provide digital infrastructure, information and technology—intangible assets that enable di...
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In this article, a conceptual model is developed in the context of global mergers and acquisitions (M&As). The model integrates ability, motivation and opportunity (AMO)-enhancing human resource management (HRM) practices framework and transactive memory system (TMS). To date, AMO-enhancing HRM practices and TMS have not been brought together in a...
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We offer a microfoundational perspective to challenge the consensual view of ambidextrous search as a superior approach to addressing performance problems. We characterize the nature of search as both ostensive and agentic, and suggest that search performance is idiosyncratic across individuals and highly dependent on decision makers’ cognitive fra...
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The paper examines how firms develop supply chain financing model to help overcome institutional voids (IVs) and become ambidextrous. This study presents a case analysis of a novel supply chain financing model instigated and implemented by China's Sichuan Telecom (ST) to help supply chain partners overcome IVs in their environments. We identified t...
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In this article, we offer insights into the critical role played by stakeholder relationships for female-owned high-technology firms in their pursuit of the legitimacy they need to acquire the resources that, in turn, will lead to sustainable innovation and firm growth. By reporting the findings drawn from interviews conducted with Russian female b...
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This study examines the antecedents and impact of big data decision making capabilities on decision making quality among Chinese firms. We propose that such capabilities are influenced by big data management challenges such as leadership focus, talent management, technology, and organizational culture. By using primary survey data from 108 Chinese...
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This paper investigates the mediating effect of learning intent in transforming local suppliers’ potential absorptive capacity into realized absorptive capacity and its impact on exploitative and exploratory innovation. Using survey data from 155 auto parts manufacturers in Pakistan, we find that local firms’ realized absorptive capacity enables th...
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This paper examines the location effects on firm performance (sales, employment and market value) by analyzing geographical and technological proximities in the US medical device industry. The nature of technology is introduced as a new way to scrutinize the impact of various proximities, and the findings indicate that the geographical and technolo...
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This paper investigates the role of learning orientation in the post-entry performance of international new ventures (INVs) by examining the relationships of niche strategy, network resources, and learning orientation with the multi-dimensional post-entry performance of INVs. Based on the INV internationalisation literature, we develop and validate...
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This article explores the substitution and complementary effects between political and social strategies on firm performance in the context of an emerging market (EM). Using in-depth, historical case-study approach, the article investigates how companies integrate political and social resources in this market. Corporate performance includes traditi...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how managers orchestrate, bundle, and leverage resources from big data for value creation in emerging economies. Design/methodology/approach – The authors grounded the theoretical framework in two perspectives: the resource management and entrepreneurial orientation. The study utilizes an inductive,...
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This is a study of the challenges faced by Chinese expatriate managers and their strategic responses in securing a workable degree of alignment in UK subsidiaries, against a backdrop of competing home‐country and host‐country pressures. Although much of the literature on home‐country and host‐country effects tends to either adopt a culture or an in...
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Purpose In almost every large business, there is a growing recognition of the importance of organisational agility in improving their marketing responsiveness and business survival. However, limited insights have been offered by scholars on multinational enterprises and their marketing agility in emerging markets context. The purpose of this paper...
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This paper examines how innovation-related firm-specific ownership advantage (FSA) plays a role in developing the competitive advantages of Chinese multinationals when they internationalize. Based on a review of the existing literature concerning foreign direct investment by emerging economy multinational enterprises (EMNEs), we identify that numer...
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This article examines the key antecedents and implications of territorial servitization in central Europe and the Mediterranean. Territorial servitization is analysed using 17 Spanish and 38 German NUTS-2 regions during the period 2010-2014. The results indicate that, in terms of market size and economic activity, territorial servitization is signi...
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Purpose This paper examines the relevance of academic research in business and management studies stream to various stakeholders. Stakeholder theory is used to examine the influence of research on various key beneficiaries and investigate the link between the domain of research and locus of impact. Design/methodology/approach Research Excellence...