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Studying Strategy Process in Organizations That Are Structurally Modulating between Exploration and Exploitation: Comparison of Computational Modelling and Case Study Approach

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  • Marko Rillo

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This 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 ñ 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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  • Marko Rillo, 2008. "Studying Strategy Process in Organizations That Are Structurally Modulating between Exploration and Exploitation: Comparison of Computational Modelling and Case Study Approach," Working Papers 177, Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:ttu:wpaper:177
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    1. Jack A. Nickerson & Todd R. Zenger, 2002. "Being Efficiently Fickle: A Dynamic Theory of Organizational Choice," Organization Science, INFORMS, vol. 13(5), pages 547-566, October.
    2. Oliva, Rogelio, 2003. "Model calibration as a testing strategy for system dynamics models," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 151(3), pages 552-568, December.
    3. Patrick Regnér, 2003. "Strategy Creation in the Periphery: Inductive Versus Deductive Strategy Making," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(1), pages 57-82, January.
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    Keywords

    research methods; strategy process; exploration; exploitation; structural modulation; system dynamics; case study;

    JEL classification:

    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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