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Should boundary-spanners be ambidextrous?

Hill, Susan A. and Birkinshaw, Julian (2010) Should boundary-spanners be ambidextrous? In: EURAM 2010 Conference: Back to the Future, 2010-05-19 - 2010-05-22, Rome, Italy, ITA. (Submitted)

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Building on Thompson’s (1967) distinction between technical core and boundary-spanning units, we argue that boundary-spanning units: (a) enhance their chances of survival by developing ambidexterity, and (b) achieve ambidexterity through the development of a supportive relational context (i.e. the set of social relationships with internal and external parties in which they are embedded). We test and find support for these propositions using primary data collected from 95 corporate venture units over a three-year period. Our study contributes to ambidexterity theory by suggesting that the antecedents and consequences of ambidexterity at the intra-organizational level differ according to the type of unit.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 11:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:05

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