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Ambidexterity Trends in Dutch Manufacturing Firms

Benerink, T. (2019) Ambidexterity Trends in Dutch Manufacturing Firms.

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Abstract:Research on ambidexterity focused mainly on finding optimal approaches to deal with tensions & difficulties between exploration & exploitation activities. Ignoring that there may be interdependent variables that cause specific ambidextrous behavior and resulting exploration/exploitation patterns. This research is a first step to identify key variables that may cause or at least correlate with specific ambidextrous patterns. Identifying such variables can help firms and researchers to better understand decision making and biases that influence the innovative activities a firm pursues. A sample of respectively 106 and 91 companies has been used for the variables industry section and firm size. This sample has been created by combining machine learning to classify innovation projects in the period of 2010-2014 with metadata from the financial database Orbis, in order to research whether the interdependent variables size and industry section correlate with specific trends in exploration/exploitation balances. The structure and quality of the data and the lack of metadata made it difficult to reach definite results, but some indication has been found that firm size influences the ambidextrous behavior of a firm.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Keywords:Ambidexterity, Exploration, Exploitation, Innovation, Innovation portfolio, Firm size, Industry sector, Trends
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78543
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