Organizational Ambidexterity: Managing Exploitation-Exploration Tensions in Small Firms

Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Business and Information 2014 (pp. 160-163), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2014

4 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2014

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P.M.B Jayathilake

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka - Department of Business Management

Date Written: December 24, 2014

Abstract

The concept of organizational ambidexterity has gained momentum research in business firms. This study aims to explore necessity of ambidexterity. The main objective of this study is to investigate why small firms should be ambidextrous and how they can reach ambidexterity under the pressure of limited resources and competitive forces. Result of the study reveals that small firms are competent of effectively engage both in pursuing exploration and exploitation. The study stresses the importance of finding a balance between these two processes in small firms to reap competitive advantage from the markets which are characterized with hyper competition and dynamism. Theoretical and practical implications are also discussed in this paper.

Keywords: Organizational Ambidexterity, Opportunity Exploration, Opportunity Exploitation, Small Firms

Suggested Citation

Jayathilake, Bandula, Organizational Ambidexterity: Managing Exploitation-Exploration Tensions in Small Firms (December 24, 2014). Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Business and Information 2014 (pp. 160-163), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542645

Bandula Jayathilake (Contact Author)

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka - Department of Business Management ( email )

Mihintale
Sri Lanka

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