Organizational Ambidexterity: Implications for the by W. Henning Blarr

By W. Henning Blarr

Today’s businesses in diversified industries understand expanding festival and an accelerating velocity of switch. to deal with those demanding situations, they should leverage their present talents and make the most current services and products, whereas concurrently construct new services to advance cutting edge suggestions. consequently, rather than picking and retaining a spotlight on both potency or flexibility, those agencies stability source allocation and turn into so-called ambidextrous firms. W. Henning Blarr analyzes this balancing act, requiring the facility to at the same time pursue either incremental and discontinuous swap. He indicates that in comparison to businesses concentrating on both exploitative or explorative actions, ambidextrous firms considerably receive better degrees of monetary performance.

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116 The prospector tackles the entrepreneurial problem by acting in dynamic markets and pursuing a highly innovative product market development strategy. By spotting opportunities within the market, the prospector focuses on developing new products and gaining a reputation as an innovator. The solution to the entrepreneurial problem consistently translates into the engineering problem. 119 The biggest risk prospectors face is the risk of low profitability, as the focus lies not on efficiency but rather on risky research and development.

To provide an exhaustive analysis and understand the development of the research, the following studies not only focus on the fit between strategy and structure solely but also cover further related aspects, as explained in detail later. 128 129 Chandler (1962); Rumelt (1974); Miles et al. (1978). Donaldson (2001), p. 212. 3 Types of Fit Due to the enormous amount of studies and the decades passed since the first contributions, different understandings, perspectives, and operationalizations of the concept of fit have evolved.

110 Miles et al. (1978), p. 548. 106 107 18 2 The Concept of Fit The third issue during a firm’s adaptive cycle addresses the administrative problem. This aspect refers to organizational structure and processes. Manage¬ment must decide what the structure of the firm will look like and whether it will follow a centralized or decentralized structural approach. Figure 5: Miles and Snow´s Adaptive Cycle Entrepreneurial Engineering Administrative • Selection of the product-market domain • Selection of technologies for production and distribution • Selection of areas for future innovation • Selection of structures and processes Source: On the basis of Miles/Snow/Meyer/Coleman (2003), p.

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