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Organizational ambidexterity in construction projects
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2014 (English)In: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology: ICMIT 2014, Singapore; 23 - 25 September 2014, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2014, 81-86 p., 6942405Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Most organizations need to be ambidextrous by exploiting current knowledge to make profits today as well as exploring new knowledge to prepare for tomorrow's demands. The capacity to achieve both exploration and exploitation is especially problematic in project based organizations due to projects' discontinuous nature. In this study we investigate how exploration and exploitation is managed in inter-organizational projects, through a multiple case study of seven construction projects. Tentative findings show that project actors focus more on exploitation than on exploration and that exploitation often involves adopting conventional methods and solutions without any development efforts. The findings also reveal that investment in explorative innovations must be possible to exploit in the current project, since exploitation in future projects is uncertain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2014. 81-86 p., 6942405
Research subject
Construction Engineering and Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39866DOI: 10.1109/ICMIT.2014.6942405ScopusID: 84912068640Local ID: ec74a443-a1c1-4499-b4cd-cdb2cfa6c757ISBN: 9781479955299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-39866DiVA: diva2:1013385
Conference
IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology : 23/09/2014 - 25/09/2014
Note
Godkänd; 2014; 20141209 (andbra)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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