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The managerial challenge of setting goals conducive to individual ambidexterity
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design. AB Sandvik Coromant.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2062-4318
University of Gävle.
2017 (English)In: The managerial challenge of setting goals conducive to individual ambidexterity, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores how managers’ goal setting can enable individuals to pursue both explorative and exploitative activities, i.e. individual ambidexterity. The study is based on multisource data covering the goal-setting approaches of 28 managers and perceptions of the ambidextrous climate from their departments. The results show that managers prefer different task-goal attributes when setting goals for innovation and operational activities. Innovation goals were more challenging, ambiguous, learning oriented, self-generated, long term, without a specific deadline and non-quantifiable compared to goals set for operational activities. Managers in departments characterized by a high-ambidexterity climate were also inclined to distinguish more between goals set for innovative and operative activities than other departments, particularly for the goal attributes "Attainable versus Challenging" and "Time-bound versus No specific deadline". We can therefore conclude that the way individual goals for innovation and operational activities are set relates to the level of ambidexterity on both individual and departmental levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
goal attributes, exploration, exploitation, innovation activities, operational activities
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Other Mechanical Engineering Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Product Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66388DiVA: diva2:1154904
Conference
18th International CINet Conference, Digitalization and innovation: designing the organization of the future, Potsdam, Germany, 10-12 September 2017
Available from: 2017-11-06 Created: 2017-11-06 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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