Concepts of Employee Ambidexterity – A Literature-Based Analysis of Paradoxical Behavior on an Individual Level

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Michael Hans Gino Kraft

Abstract

Many companies face the challenge of exploring new business potentials while exploiting internal excellence to meet their market conditions. This results to a mutual limitation of resource capacities and thus to a management task at the individual level. Under this premise, the following article summarizes the arguments and counterarguments in the scientific discussion about the ambidexterity on a employee level. Although academic interest in the study of indi-vidual ambidexterity is growing, there is still a need to understand the different concepts and to classify their potential. For this purpose, the existing scientific literature is compiled according to individual employ-ee behavior, structured and described in its most important results. The review took place between January 2021 and June 2021 by using different academic databases such as Econbiz, Scopus and Web of Science. The sample included 10 articles from a cross-sectoral con-text. The evidence of the analysis demonstrates that ambidexterity in employee behavior promotes economically useful adaptability within organizations. Practitioners and scientists are invited to cope the po-tential of individual ambidexterity and to implement ambidextrous be-havioral practices in organizational reality.

Suggested Citation (APA 7th)

Kraft, M. (2021). Concepts of Employee Ambidexterity - A Literature-Based Analysis of Paradoxical Behavior on an Individual Level. International Journal of Applied Research in Business and Management, 2(2), 64-72. https://doi.org/10.51137/ijarbm.2021.2.2.5

Publication Information

International Journal of Applied Research in Business and Management
Volume: 2, Issue: 2, November 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.51137/ijarbm.2021.2.2.5

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