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A case study linking individual and team ambidexterity

Meijer, L. (2017) A case study linking individual and team ambidexterity.

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Abstract:This study seeks to link individual ambidexterity and team ambidexterity, and explores if every NPD team member should act ambidextrous to reach team ambidexterity. This study assumes that not every NPD team member has a personal disposition towards both exploration and exploitation, and it will be challenging for an explorative NPD team member to perform exploitative activities, and visa-versa. However, since the NPD process consists of multiple stages with distinct needs for exploitation and exploitation, it is assumed that it is not a necessity that every team acts ambidextrous to reach team ambidexterity. Further, it is assumed that the fit between personal disposition (potential ambidexterity) and their activities performed (actual ambidexterity) impacts team ambidexterity and therefore project performance. To test the hypotheses, a case study is performed and both quantitative and qualitative data is gathered. The investigation has shown that the majority of the investigated team members do have a personal disposition towards exploration or exploitation, and not potential and actual ambidextrous. Further, it turned out that a fit between the potential ambidexterity and actual ambidexterity is more important during the first stages of the NPD process than at the end.
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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