A Typology for Aligning Organizational Ambidexterity's Conceptualizations, Antecedents, and Outcomes

31 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009

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Zeki Simsek

University of Connecticut; University of Connecticut

Ciaran Bernard Heavey

University of Connecticut - Department of Management

John F. Veiga

John F. Veiga

David Souder

University of Connecticut - Department of Management

Abstract

We take stock of the current body of knowledge and understanding on organizational ambidexterity to further specify the construct and develop a typology to focus this line of research. To that end, we first synthesize the various insights on ambidexterity's conceptualization in extant research. We then develop a parsimonious, yet coherent typology that delineates four archetypes of ambidexterity using two primary dimensions underlying previous conceptualizations of this construct. To help focus and align extant research, we next map these types onto the most salient theories, antecedents, and outcomes that are uniquely germane to each. Finally, we offer several recommendations and promising avenues for future inquiries that follow from our typology and associated discussion.

Suggested Citation

Simsek, Zeki and Simsek, Zeki and Heavey, Ciaran Bernard and Veiga, John F. and Souder, David, A Typology for Aligning Organizational Ambidexterity's Conceptualizations, Antecedents, and Outcomes. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 5, pp. 864-894, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00841.x

Zeki Simsek (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

University of Connecticut ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1063
United States

Ciaran Bernard Heavey

University of Connecticut - Department of Management ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

John F. Veiga

John F. Veiga ( email )

368 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
United States

David Souder

University of Connecticut - Department of Management ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

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