Ambidexterity in UK Hi-Tech SMEs

Senaratne, Chaminda and Wang, Catherine (2016) Ambidexterity in UK Hi-Tech SMEs. In: ISPIM Innovation Conference, 19-23 June, 2016, Porto, Portugal.

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Abstract

The interaction between exploration and exploitation can affect firm performance. Ambidextrous firms possess higher exploratory and exploitative capabilities. The proposed trade-off between exploration and exploitation has not been empirically supported; it has been argued that two activities can have a co-evolutionary/cyclical relationship. To identify the nature of ambidexterity and the barriers to ambidexterity, we examine the possibility of achieving ambidexterity in high-tech SMEs. Our qualitative study includes 20 UK high-tech SMEs in five industries. High-tech SMEs, that are important in the current economic climate, possess advanced knowledge and technological capabilities. Generally, SMEs face competitive pressures to pursue exploration and exploitation concurrently. Our findings show that the proposed archetypes of ambidexterity may not hold for the high-tech SMEs, and it can be of contextual nature, and can occur within or across firms/organisations; there is a cyclical/reciprocal/co-evolutionary relationship between exploration and exploitation. We also identified some internal and external barriers to ambidexterity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: exploration; exploitation; ambidexterity; barriers, high-tech SMEs; UK
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
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Depositing User: Chaminda Senaratne
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 19:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27754

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