The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the emerging theory of ambidexterity by developing measures to assess employee ambidexterity. Specifically, it identifies and tests the importance of the relationship between the organisational context and employee ambidexterity within small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The research used a survey method to investigate SMEs in Nigeria. Two hundred SMEs were selected from across Nigeria to participate in the study and 72 companies responded, representing a 36 per cent response rate. The study sample comprised 398 shop-floor employees from 72 small and medium-sized manufacturing and service organisations.
The paper tests a model that sheds insight into the linkages between the organisational context, employee ambidexterity and employee engagement. Specifically, the model portrays significant relationships that exist between organisational context, employee ambidexterity and employee engagement. The results show that understanding the appropriate organisational contexts improves employee ambidexterity. Therefore, SMEs with the appropriate organisational contexts for employee ambidexterity and employee engagement will increase their potential for growth and survival.
The paper develops a conceptual model of the organisational context that improves employee ambidexterity and employee engagement.
The authors declare there is no conflict of interest.
Ajayi, O.M., Odusanya, K. and Morton, S. (2017), "Stimulating employee ambidexterity and employee engagement in SMEs", Management Decision, Vol. 55 No. 4, pp. 662-680. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-02-2016-0107Download as .RIS
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