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Dynamic ambidexterity : implications of balancing exploration and exploitation over time

Winkelhorst, S.B. (2020) Dynamic ambidexterity : implications of balancing exploration and exploitation over time.

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Abstract:This thesis investigates how SME firms allocate resources into exploration and exploitation and what effect this has on firm performance. Research showed how this can be achieved in a structural or a sequential way, whereas recently attention has shifted towards the idea that firms should dynamically balance exploration and exploitation over time. However, it remains unclear how firms should dynamically achieve a balance between exploration and exploitation. Furthermore, longitudinal research on this topic among small-medium enterprises (SME) is underrepresented. This thesis extends on current ambidexterity literature and proposes the idea that dynamically balancing exploration and exploitation is a combination of structural and sequential ambidexterity. Time-series regression analysis on a panel dataset consisting of 47 SME firms from several industries supports the idea that dynamic ambidexterity is a combination of structural and sequential ambidexterity factors. Dynamic ambidexterity describes the process of balancing exploration and exploitation innovation, whereas in contrast to other research, structural or sequential ambidexterity does not. This thesis contributes to the literature regarding ambidexterity and bridges the gap between several theories about balancing exploration and exploitation. It helps to clarify that the process of balancing exploration and exploitation consists of both structural as well as time-dependent variables and that both should be taken into account to enhance firm performance.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82777
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