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Continuous innovation in the hotel industry: The development of organizational ambidexterity through human capital and organizational culture in Spanish hotels

Mercedes Úbeda-García (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Enrique Claver-Cortés (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Bartolomé Marco-Lajara (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Francisco García-Lillo (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Patrocinio Carmen Zaragoza-Sáez (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 19 October 2018

Issue publication date: 21 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore whether the use of high-performance work systems (HPWSs) facilitates the development of organizational ambidexterity directly or through a mediating variable such as ambidextrous organizational culture.

Design/methodology/approach

The theoretical model and the hypotheses proposed were tested using a sample of 100 Spanish hotels. The data analysis method used was the partial least squares.

Findings

The results of the research confirm that HPWSs exert a direct influence on organizational ambidexterity. HPWSs shape and integrate exploitative and exploratory activities through the construction of a culture that promotes organizational diversity and shared vision, which are needed to shape a suitable context for ambidexterity. Therefore, ambidextrous organizational culture emerges as a mediating variable between HPWSs and organizational ambidexterity. Finally, the ambidexterity of hotels has a positive impact on their performance.

Originality/value

The present paper presents new alternatives when undertaking research on organizational ambidexterity. More specifically, this research incorporates a mediator variable called ambidextrous organizational culture between HPWSs and organizational ambidexterity, which has not been considered before.

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Citation

Úbeda-García, M., Claver-Cortés, E., Marco-Lajara, B., García-Lillo, F. and Zaragoza-Sáez, P.C. (2018), "Continuous innovation in the hotel industry: The development of organizational ambidexterity through human capital and organizational culture in Spanish hotels", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 30 No. 12, pp. 3609-3631. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2017-0326

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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