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Examining the Antecedents of Ambidextrous Behaviours in Promoting Creativity among SMEs in Malaysia

Wai Chuen Poon, Osman Mohamad and Wan Fadzilah Wan Yusoff 

Global Business Review, 2020, vol. 21, issue 3, 645-662

Abstract: This study investigates the effect of organizational context and entrepreneurial orientation in facilitating ambidextrous behaviours that shape creativity in Malaysian-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A cross-sectional research design was used with a total of 183 owner-managers. Questionnaires were distributed via email and analysed using Partial Least Squares (SmartPLS). The results reveal that organizational context and entrepreneurial orientation positively predict ambidextrous behaviours. Furthermore, ambidextrous behaviours were found to be positively influencing creativity. This study recommends a possible route in developing innovative firms through ambidextrous behaviours among SMEs in Malaysia. Accordingly, several important implications for academics and industry decision-makers are formulated.

Keywords: Organizational context; entrepreneurial orientation; ambidextrous behaviours; creativity; SMEs Malaysia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/0972150918779267

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