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A Height–Distance View on Exploration and Exploitation

Exploration and Exploitation in Early Stage Ventures and SMEs

ISBN: 978-1-78350-655-2, eISBN: 978-1-78350-656-9

ISSN: 1479-067X

Publication date: 4 August 2014


This chapter investigates how small- and medium-sized enterprises and large firms decide the sourcing strategies to explore and exploit. This study adopts a qualitative methodology and reports on the insights derived from interviews with 35 companies and 2 experts. A series of propositions are derived, and these propositions are used to propose a height–distance view of exploration and exploitation. The implications for theory and managerial practice are presented in the concluding remarks.




The author thanks Alejandro Sanz, Harry Bremmers, Onno Omta, Hans Schenk, Victor Lascano, Paul Arts, Anjo Steen, the interviewees and gratefully acknowledges the constructive comments of the editors and the reviewers on earlier versions of this work.


Sabidussi, A. (2014), "A Height–Distance View on Exploration and Exploitation", Exploration and Exploitation in Early Stage Ventures and SMEs (Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive Strategy, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 181-210.



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