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Advancement of International Business Ideation as Three Recursive, Multi-Competence-Enabled Systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Focused Issue on Building New Competences in Dynamic Environments
EditorsRon Sanchez, Aime Heene
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78441-274-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-78441-275-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameResearch in Competence-Based Management
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)1744-2117


The aim of this paper is to advance applied theoretical knowledge on international business (IB) ideation by designing the managing of such ideation as three recursive, multi-competence-enabled systems. The core principles of Beer’s (1985) Viable System Model are adopted for this system design task. The Viable System Model consists of five interacting sub-systems that can support a viable IB unit. The contribution of this design of the three recursive, multi-competence-enabled systems will be three novel pieces of the applied theoretical knowledge about recursivity and competences that advance the management of an IB unit as a whole and in particular that of IB ideation. For future research, I initially propose that the IB ideation (unit) is being managed the more successfully within its focal contexts, the more extensively the IB ideation is designed as a set of three recursive systems enabled by respective multi-competences. Moreover, the 3-system design may serve as the frame of reference for those compatible theorization initiatives vis-a`-vis viable IB ideation management that interested competence-based management scholars will conduct in the future. I put forth the three templates to facilitate the enhancement of the IB ideation practices among leading, innovative firms and especially by the pioneering management of IB (ideation) units.


  • Business ideation, competence-based management, international business management, Viable System Model

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