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The nature of market orientation and the ambidexterity of innovations

Ci‐Rong Li (Department of Business Administration, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan)
Chen‐Ju Lin (Department of Health Administration, Tzu Chi College of Technology, Hualien, Taiwan)
Chih‐Peng Chu (Department of Business Administration, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to consider that a proactive‐ and responsive‐market orientated firm is able to align with the development of radical (exploratory) innovations as well as incremental (exploitative) innovations to realize its organizational ambidexterity.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on a questionnaire survey/analysis of a sample of 227 high‐technology firms in Taiwan.

Findings

The research findings reveal that both types of market orientation provide different managerial efforts to develop and foster different types of innovation competencies; and then, those effects would be moderated through external and organizational factors.

Practical implications

Through the deployment of ambidextrous structures, managers could effectively arrange the portfolio of product‐markets with an array of proactive‐ and responsive‐ market orientation to align the potential conflicts concerning the exploration and the exploitation.

Originality/value

This study is a pioneer in the field that reveals how a proactive‐ and responsive‐ market orientated firm could systematically operate to accomplish its ambidexterity of innovations.

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Citation

Li, C., Lin, C. and Chu, C. (2008), "The nature of market orientation and the ambidexterity of innovations", Management Decision, Vol. 46 No. 7, pp. 1002-1026. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740810890186

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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