Achieving Temporal Ambidexterity in New Ventures

35 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2019

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Stephanie Wang

Indiana University Bloomington

Yadong Luo

University of Miami - Department of Management

Vladislav Maksimov

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics

Jinyun Sun

Fudan University - School of Management

Nikhil Celly

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business

Date Written: June 2019

Abstract

Organizations face a common intertemporal choice problem, where actions suitable in the shortterm are different from those that work in the longterm. Building on the organizational ambidexterity theory, we argue that organizations can reconcile their short‐term and long‐term tensions, but this does necessitate managerial endeavours that orchestrate this reconciliation. We introduce the concept of temporal ambidexterity and define four intertemporal tensions involving an organization’s objectives, resources, markets, and uncertainty. We examine how firms can address these tensions successfully in the context of new ventures, and to do so we focus on three managerial capabilities of founder‐CEOs: expertise breadth, external connectivity, and empowering leadership. Results from 243 new ventures in China suggest that temporal ambidexterity improves with these managerial capabilities, and more so for younger ventures. Our findings shed light on solutions and mechanisms by which intertemporal balance is fulfilled, particularly for new ventures in a dynamic environment.

Keywords: intertemporal balance, organizational ambidexterity, managerial capabilities, new ventures

Suggested Citation

Wang, Stephanie and Luo, Yadong and Maksimov, Vladislav and Sun, Jinyun and Celly, Nikhil, Achieving Temporal Ambidexterity in New Ventures (June 2019). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 56, Issue 4, pp. 788-822, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12431

Stephanie Wang (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

Hodge Hall 3151, 1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Yadong Luo

University of Miami - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Vladislav Maksimov

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics ( email )

401 Bryan Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6179
United States

Jinyun Sun

Fudan University - School of Management

No. 670, Guoshun Road
No.670 Guoshun Road
Shanghai, 200433
China

Nikhil Celly

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-6021
United States

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