Solutions to the Exploration/Exploitation Dilemma: Networks as a New Level of Analysis

22 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2014

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Christian Stadler

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Tazeeb Rajwani

Cranfield School of Management

Florence Karaba

University of Bath - School of Management

Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

This paper reviews the extant literature on the exploration/exploitation dilemma. Based on a systematic analysis of structural, behavioural, systemic and temporal solutions, the authors are able to show that the learning literature continues to struggle with the question of how exactly an organization can separate exploration and exploitation and at the same time enable necessary knowledge exchange and cooperation between these two notions. Paying closer attention to networks might enable future research to answer this question. In particular, a combination of structural aspects of networks and social ties has the potential to explain how the solutions currently on offer can be implemented successfully, how organizations can combine several of them, and how they can shift between them.

Suggested Citation

Stadler, Christian and Rajwani, Tazeeb and Karaba, Florence, Solutions to the Exploration/Exploitation Dilemma: Networks as a New Level of Analysis (April 2014). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 172-193, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422659 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12015

Christian Stadler

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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Tazeeb Rajwani

Cranfield School of Management ( email )

Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

Florence Karaba

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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