Academy of Management Perspectives, Forthcoming
33 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013 Last revised: 13 Nov 2013
Date Written: June 26, 2013
Organizational ambidexterity refers to the ability of an organization to both explore and exploit — to compete in mature technologies and markets where efficiency, control, and incremental improvement are prized and to also compete in new technologies and markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation are needed. In the past 15 years there has been an explosion of interest and research on this topic. We briefly review the current state of the research, highlighting what we know and don’t know about the topic. We close with a point of view on promising areas for ongoing research.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
O'Reilly, Charles A. and Tushman, Michael, Organizational Ambidexterity: Past, Present and Future (June 26, 2013). Academy of Management Perspectives, Forthcoming; Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Working Paper No. 142; Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 2130; Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 13-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2285704
By Mary Barth