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Strengthening Organizational Ambidexterity through Corporate Entrepreneurship Activities

  • In today's volatile world, established companies must be capable of optimizing their core business with incremental innovations while simultaneously developing discontinuous innovations to maintain their long-term competitiveness. Balancing both is a major challenge for companies, since different types of innovation require different organizational structures, operational modes and management styles. Established companies tend to excel in improving their current business through incremental innovations which are closely related to their current knowledge base and competencies. However, this often goes hand in hand with challenges in the exploration of knowledge that is new to the company and that is essential for the development of discontinuous innovations. In this respect, the concept of corporate entrepreneurship is recognized as a way to strengthen the exploration of new knowledge and to support the development of discontinuous innovation. For managing corporate entrepreneurship more effectively, it is crucial to understand which types of knowledge can be created through corporate entrepreneurship and which organizational designs are more suited to gain certain types of knowledge. To answer these questions, this study analyzed 23 semi-structured interviews conducted with established companies that are running such entrepreneurial activities. The results show (1) that three general types of knowledge can be explored through corporate entrepreneurship and (2) that some organizational designs are more suited to explore certain knowledge types than others are.

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Author:Christoph J. Selig, Guido H. BaltesORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):26th IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC), 15-17 June 2020, Cardiff, UK, virtual
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2020
Release Date:2021/01/19
Tag:Corporate entrepreneurship; Corporate venturing; Discontinuous innovation; Knowledge exploration; Organizational ambidexterity
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Institutes:Institut für Strategische Innovation und Technologiemanagement - IST
Relevance:Peer reviewed nach anderen Listungen (mit Nachweis zum Peer Review Verfahren)
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (English):License LogoLizenzbedingungen IEEE