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What is Ambidexterity

Handbook of Research on Knowledge-Intensive Organizations
Organizational characteristic, that defines that companies that know how to successfully combine both exploration and exploitation (related term - ambidextrous organization).
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Tensions between Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Sharing: Individual Preferences of Employees in Knowledge-Intensive Organizations
Tatiana Andreeva (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-176-6.ch028
Contemporary literature usually views knowledge creation and knowledge sharing as either independent or positively related processes. However, based on the review of the literature on the organizational conditions aimed to support these processes, the author challenges this view at the individual level of analysis and suggests that an individual employee can hardly simultaneously combine features that support both knowledge creation and knowledge sharing and thus can hardly be efficient in both processes at the same time. The data from the survey of 120 employees from 5 knowledge-intensive companies supported this idea, and the author discusses its implications for further research and for management practice in knowledge-intensive organizations.
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Challenges Confronting Higher Education: Prospects for and Obstacles to Innovation
The ability to proficiently do two (seemingly) conflicting things in parallel.
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Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship Management: An Analytical Approach
Refers to a balance between explorations and exploitation in the organizations where the organization will be capable of exploiting their existing competencies while exploring new opportunities.
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Leader Ambidexterity in Research Teams
Capability or ability to effectively combine exploration and exploitation activities.
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Family Firm Competitiveness and Organizational Ambidexterity
Ambidexterity is the firm capability to simultaneously excel in both, exploration and exploitation finding the appropriate way of balancing the trade-offs that arose in his management.
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Exploration and Exploitation Capabilities
The simultaneous achievement of exploration and exploitation.
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