Reconciling capabilities and ambidexterity theories: a multi-level perspective

Zimmerman, A and Birkinshaw, J (2016) Reconciling capabilities and ambidexterity theories: a multi-level perspective. In: Oxford Handbook of Dynamic Capabilities. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199678914


Capabilities and ambidexterity theories are both intended to shed light on how firms remain successful in the long run. However, the two research streams have developed largely independently of one another and with different foci. In this chapter, we bring them closer together by discussing how different capabilities and forms of ambidexterity may help firms address their multi-level transformational challenges (Cross-functional Linking, Rethinking and Reconfiguring, Continuous Improvement, and Ongoing Renewal) This analysis allows us to identify the areas of overlap and the points of differences between capabilities and ambidexterity theories, suggesting that the two concepts are distinct but mutually interrelated and interdependent. Furthermore, we argue that different types of ambidexterity and capabilities may coexist within an organization and that their effectiveness is contingent on the challenges a firm faces.

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Subject Areas: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
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© 2016 Oxford University Press

Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 16:17
Subjects: Corporate strategy
Corporate planning
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 14:48

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