Exploring Exploration Orientation and its Determinants: Some Empirical Evidence

20 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2004

See all articles by Jatinder S. Sidhu

Jatinder S. Sidhu

Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

H. W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Harry R. Commandeur

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Abstract

Adopting an information-process perspective, this article conceptualizes exploration orientation in terms of scope of information acquisition. In line with this conceptualization, a multidimensional operational measure of exploration orientation is developed and its internal consistency established. The measure appears to have nomological validity in that it behaves as predicted with measures of variables hypothesized to be related to exploration orientation. Consistent with the emerging co-evolution framework, environmental pressures as well as managerial intentions are found to influence an organization's exploration behaviour. Specifically, empirical results indicate that more environmental dynamism, a stronger organization mission, a prospector orientation and larger slack resources are associated with a greater exploration orientation. Implications, shortcomings and future research directions are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Sidhu, Jatinder S. and Volberda, Henk W. and Commandeur, Harry R., Exploring Exploration Orientation and its Determinants: Some Empirical Evidence. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 41, No. 6, pp. 913-932, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=591533

Jatinder S. Sidhu (Contact Author)

Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds ( email )

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Henk W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Harry R. Commandeur

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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