Organizational ambidexterity through the lens of paradox theory: Building a novel research agenda

Angeliki Papachroni, Loizos Heracleous, Sotirios Paroutis

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    Abstract

    The organizational ambidexterity literature conceptualizes exploration and exploitation as conflicting activities, and proposes separation-oriented approaches to accomplish ambidexterity; namely, structural and temporal separation. We argue that viewing ambidexterity from the lens of paradox theory enables us to move beyond separation-oriented prescriptions toward synthesis or transcendence of paradoxical poles; as well as toward longitudinal explorations of how paradoxical poles dynamically interrelate over time. In this way, the conceptual repertoire of ambidexterity theory is enriched and empirical research can more closely and pragmatically track practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-93
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Applied Behavioral Science
    Volume51
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • ambidexterity
    • exploitation
    • exploration
    • paradox

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