Entrepreneur Ambidexterity: A study of Entrepreneurs Behaviours and Competencies in Growth-oriented Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Volery, Thierry; Mueller, Susan; von Siemens, Björn (2015). Entrepreneur Ambidexterity: A study of Entrepreneurs Behaviours and Competencies in Growth-oriented Small and Medium-sized Enterprises International Small Business Journal, 33(2), pp. 109-129. 10.1177/0266242613484777

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This article uses the sociological method of structured observation to explore the every day behaviour of entrepreneurs from an exploration-exploitation perspective. Six entrepreneurs leading successful growth-oriented businesses were observed for a four-day period and 2305 'units of action' performed by the entrepreneurs were recorded. Six behavioural patterns that allowed them, their management team or the organisation as a whole to pursue ambidexterity were identified. In contrast with the existing high-level approaches of ambidexterity, this study provides a synthesis of entrepreneur behaviours and competencies to achieve ambidexterity at the operating level.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Business > Institute for Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship

Name:

Volery, Thierry;
Mueller, Susanhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2061-5446 and
von Siemens, Björn

Language:

English

Submitter:

Susan Müller

Date Deposited:

30 Nov 2020 15:27

Last Modified:

30 Nov 2020 15:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0266242613484777

Uncontrolled Keywords:

ambidexterity, entrepreneur behaviour, exploitation, exploration, growth

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13646

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13646

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