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    Structural ambidexterity and competency traps: insights from Xerox PARC

    Heracleous, L. and Papachroni, A. and Andriopoulos, C. and Gotsi, Manto (2016) Structural ambidexterity and competency traps: insights from Xerox PARC. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 117 , pp. 327-338. ISSN 0040-1625.

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    We investigate the organizational dysfunctions that can interfere with the implementation of structural ambidexterity as a dynamic capability. We find that these dysfunctions give rise to competency traps characterized by interlinked cognitive, organizational and behavioral dimensions, that can severely compromise structural ambidexterity. Further, from the perspective of network ambidexterity, we also find that the inventions of the explorative unit can be treated as external to the focal organization, mirroring the dynamics of portfolio resources found in the context of strategic alliances. Our findings extend understanding of organizational ambidexterity as a dynamic capability, in particular how competency traps can severely compromise ambidexterity; and how network-like effects can adversely shape intra-firm dynamics.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Structural ambidexterity, Competency traps, Technological innovation, Network ambidexterity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Manto Gotsi
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 12:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:53


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