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      Organizing for Ambidexterity: A Paradox-based Typology of Ambidexterity-related Organizational States

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          This paper addresses the question of how organizations become ambidextrous over time, identifying requirements for organizations to become ambidextrous, understanding how ambidexterity may emerge as an organizational property, as well as exploring likely connections of the ambidexterity property and organizing a firm's activities and work. Conceptualizing the exploration-exploitation relationship as a paradoxical one, we advance two necessary conditions for organizing for ambidexterity: fostering paradox-coping tactics and precluding paradox-related traps. The interplay of these two conditions gives rise to a typology of four ambidexterity-related organizational states: ambidexterity-lacking organizations, monolithic organizations, short-term ambidextrous organizations and long-term ambidextrous organizations. The paper identifies each state's distinct strengths and challenges concerning organizing for ambidexterity, and discusses theoretical, practical and policy-making implications.

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                Role: ND
                Journal
                bar
                BAR - Brazilian Administration Review
                BAR, Braz. Adm. Rev.
                ANPAD - Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração (Rio de Janeiro )
                1807-7692
                December 2015
                : 12
                : 4
                : 365-383
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil
                [2 ] Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil
                Article
                S1807-76922015000400004
                10.1590/1807-7692bar2015150029
                554f1b91-c900-4772-8c13-e46bd7eaaad2

                http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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                MANAGEMENT

                Management
                organizational ambidexterity,paradox,growth,exploitation,exploration
                Management
                organizational ambidexterity, paradox, growth, exploitation, exploration

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