Ambidextrous organizations: managing evolutionary change

Formenti, Erika (2019) Ambidextrous organizations: managing evolutionary change. Master thesis, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana.

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Organizations use existing technologies and create new ones to adapt themselves to the changing environment in order to survive. There are varieties of strategic choices, which can be utilized in crisis prevention and one of these alternatives is the ambidextrous organization. This popular paradigm exists from decades, and it still demonstrates a significant interest between scholars and researchers. Ambidexterity consists in the ability to realize simultaneously two types of activities: exploitation and exploration. Respectively, to exploit existing skills and to explore new opportunities that allow obtaining success in the short term but also long term. Past researches have revealed that there is a positive relationship between ambidexterity and improvement of organizational performance but produced effects are not indicated. In the present master thesis, it is possible to obtain a panoramic view about the main obstacles for small enterprises and answer to a research question that examines what are the main effects at the level of efficiency and innovation for ambidextrous organizations. This has been realized through the study of secondary data and primary data coming from a structured interview to Professor Mathew Hughes, a semi-structured interview to two entrepreneurs of small companies and at the end through a multiple case studies of two ambidextrous organizations. It appears that for small companies the main obstacles are the limited time, the actual full production capacity and the relevant taking of risk. Instead, from the multiple case studies, it seems that all relationships examined have generated positive effects at both level efficiency and innovation. In conclusion, from a combination of all results, it is possible to confirm that ambidexterity led many advantages and benefits in companies that adopt this type of approach.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Supervisors: Siegfried, Alberton
Additional Information: Indirizzo di approfondimento: Innovation Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambidexterity, ambidextrous organization, exploration and exploitation
Subjects: Economia
Divisions: Dipartimento economia aziendale, sanità e sociale > Economia e Diritto

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