Studying Strategy Process in Organizations That Are Structurally Modulating between Exploration and Exploitation: Comparison of Computational Modelling and Case Study Approach
AbstractThis paper analyses research methods that could be applicable for studying the strategy process in organizations that are shifting in their strategic change process between the modes of exploration and exploitation by the means of structural modulation (Nickerson & Zenger 2002). As the structural modulation phenomenon poses new methodological challenges in terms of handling processual and longitudinal data, then the traditional cross-sectional approach cannot be effectively used. For this purpose, the analysis focuses on two potential, seemingly opposite approaches – quantitative computational modelling and qualitative in-depth case study analysis. It finally concludes with a "to do" list in order to establish the next steps in the research plan.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology in its series Working Papers with number 177.
Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Working Papers in Economics.School of Economics and Business Administration,Tallinn University of Technology (TUTWPE), Pages 115-134
research methods; strategy process; exploration; exploitation; structural modulation; system dynamics; case study;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-05-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2008-05-10 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-KNM-2008-05-10 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
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