Agility and flexibility in international business research: A comprehensive review and future research directions

Michael Christofi, Vijay Pereira, Demetris Vrontis, Shlomo Tarba, Alkis Thrassou

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    Abstract

    This study explores 134 articles on agility and flexibility research published in the top-nine international business (IB) journals. Accordingly, we critically analyze, map and structure flexibility and agility research in IB, and synthesize the findings into an integrative framework. The paper identifies a wide range of definitions of the concept and a lot of work on its conceptualization. However, studies at the individual and institutional levels of analyses are scarce, and the concept is under-theorized, as there is a dearth of real theoretical underpinnings in this research stream. Thus, in addressing this gap, more qualitative and interdisciplinary research is needed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101194
    JournalJournal of World Business
    Volume56
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

    Keywords

    • Agility
    • Flexibility
    • International business research
    • Systematic review

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