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How does the evolution of an organization's multiple-dominant-logic system affect its ambidextrous innovation?

Haifen Lin (School of Economics and Management, Dalian University of Technology , Dalian, China)
Tingchen Qu (School of Economics and Management, Dalian University of Technology , Dalian, China)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 22 February 2021

Issue publication date: 28 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to address how an organization's multiple-dominant-logic system evolves as it grows and how does this evolution affect the way managers choose to balance ambidextrous innovation.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper adopts an interpretive and exploratory case study on the mechanism of how the multiple-dominant-logic system influences the decision of balanced ambidextrous innovation. Considering that the multiple-dominant-logic system will change with the development of a firm, this paper focuses on exploring how the evolution of multiple-dominant-logic system affects the way managers choose to balance ambidextrous innovation. The authors spent almost two years collecting data from M-grass Ecology and following the evolution and innovation through semi-structured interviews, archival data and observation. Then they set up a framework showing the influence mechanism by analyzing the data through a four-step process.

Findings

This research points out that an organization's multiple-dominant-logic system may change for several times in its growth. It provides a model for the evolution of a multiple-dominant-logic system. It confirms that firms' multiple-dominant-logic system is not immutable, but evolves with the change of the firm's internal resources and external environment. Also, it finds that under the influence of different multiple-dominant-logic architectures, mangers choose different ways to balance ambidextrous innovation. In this process, appropriate entrepreneurial bricolage plays a significant role in balancing ambidextrous innovation.

Originality/value

The findings offer some valuable insights for further research on dominant logics and ambidextrous innovation and hold important implications for managers making a decision.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71572025, 71632004 and 71872026), Top Young Talents in the plan of Rejuvenating Liaoning (XLYC1907125), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (DUT19RW205), Key project of social science planning fund of liaoning province (L20AGL014).

Citation

Lin, H. and Qu, T. (2021), "How does the evolution of an organization's multiple-dominant-logic system affect its ambidextrous innovation?", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 545-569. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-11-2020-0340

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