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Leading innovation in fast-growing firms: a multiple case study in the internet industry

Seetge, Judith (2012) Leading innovation in fast-growing firms: a multiple case study in the internet industry.

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Abstract:The author analyses five case studies to show the extent and ways in which ambidextrous leadership is given shape in fast-growing start-ups. Starting point for these elaborations is the success trap firms oftentimes experience when growing rapidly. Ambidextrous leadership as one potential solution to this challenge is explored and found to be built upon two factors. These are the competences cognitive complexity and behavioral flexibility. Only working in close conjunction they are enabling ambidextrous leaders to apply appropriate behaviors in each distinct context. In addition, the study describes concrete behaviors encouraging either exploitation or exploration that have been shown by the investigated leaders. Ambidextrous leadership is not seen as an antecedent to organizational ambidexterity but the interrelations between the two different levels of ambidexterity are incorporated to the study design and analysis. Finally, the multiple case studies reveal that ambidextrous leadership is present in the context of gazelle start-ups not only in form of a single ambidextrous leaders but also jointly expressed by teams of founders.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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