Organizational ambidexterity: Past, present, future.

Organizational ambidexterity: Past, present, future.

By
Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael L. Tushman
Academy of Management Perspectives.
2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4, Pages 324-338

Organizational ambidexterity refers to the ability of an organization to both explore and exploit—to compete in mature technologies and markets where efficiency, control, and incremental improvement are prized and to also compete in new technologies and markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation are needed. In the past 15 years there has been an explosion of interest and research on this topic. We briefly review the current state of the research, highlighting what we know and don’t know about the topic. We close with a point of view on promising areas for ongoing research.