Ambidexterity, external knowledge and performance in knowledge-intensive firms

Demetris Vrontis, Alkis Thrassou, Gabriele Santoro, Armando Papa

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    Abstract

    The paper investigates the relationship between organizational ambidexterity and firm performance in knowledge-intensive firms. In particular, using a quantitative methodology involving a structural equation model, the research investigates whether external knowledge sourcing enhances the impact of ambidexterity on firm performance. The results show that organizational ambidexterity in knowledge-intensive firms does not, in fact, have a significant impact on firm performance, but it does have a positive and significant mediating effect considering external knowledge sourcing. The findings are presented along with interesting and significant implications for both theory and practice, largely stemming from the still much neglected relationship between organizational ambidexterity and external knowledge sourcing in the open innovation context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)374-388
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Technology Transfer
    Volume42
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

    Keywords

    • Ambidexterity
    • External knowledge sourcing
    • Knowledge-intensive firms
    • Open innovation
    • Performance

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