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Organizational Ambidexterity: Towards a Multilevel Understanding


  • Zeki Simsek


Although interest in the concept of organizational ambidexterity has increased during recent years, this line of inquiry remains unfocused and limited due to a lack of more encompassing conceptual efforts. As a first step, we begin by critically reviewing previous research on the conceptualization, antecedents, and consequences of ambidexterity. We then offer a model that specifies a more encompassing, multilevel explanation of ambidexterity. Finally, we trace research and managerial implications and suggest some potential research avenues.

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  • Zeki Simsek, 2009. "Organizational Ambidexterity: Towards a Multilevel Understanding," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(4), pages 597-624, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:46:y:2009:i:4:p:597-624
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00828.x

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