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Entrepreneurial Orientation and Ambidexterity: Literature Review, Challenges, and Agenda for Future Research

Younggeun Lee and Patrick M. Kreiser

A chapter in The Challenges of Corporate Entrepreneurship in the Disruptive Age, 2018, vol. 28, pp 37-62 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract In this chapter, the authors examine the main effect of entrepreneurial orientation (EO) – a firm’s strategic entrepreneurial posture – on balancing exploration and exploitation in the form of organizational ambidexterity. Resource-constrained firms face an imperative to conduct innovative activities, survive hostile environments, and compete with larger and more resource-rich firms. The authors contend that firms can address these potential impediments through achieving ambidexterity via dynamic capabilities, firm-specific resources, and institutional factors. Specifically, The authors review the EO and ambidexterity literatures and summarize extant arguments related to the relationship between EO, exploration, and exploitation. The authors also discuss the most prominent scales and measures of EO, exploration, and exploitation. Moreover, the authors discuss operationalizational challenges that should be considered when conducting EO–ambidexterity research and suggest future research directions by specifying an agenda outlining useful theoretical perspectives and various contingencies that may influence the EO–ambidexterity relationship.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial orientation; ambidexterity; exploration; exploitation; corporate entrepreneurship; measurement; operationalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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