Organisational context and behavioural complexity affecting ambidextrous behaviours among SMEs


Mohamad, Osman and Poon, Wai Chuen (2020) Organisational context and behavioural complexity affecting ambidextrous behaviours among SMEs. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 23 (3). pp. 225-244. ISSN 1093-4537

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the antecedents of exploitative and explorative behaviours and to give valuable insight into the role of ambidextrous behaviours in developing creativity and innovativeness among owner-managers in SMEs. A review of existing literature was carried out and drawing upon owner-managers, a survey using structured questionnaires was carried out with a total of 183 useful responses received. The proposed model was analysed using SmartPLS v2.3.7. The empirical result suggests that behavioural complexity and organisational flexibility encourages exploitative and explorative behaviours, while ambidextrous behaviours encourage creativity and innovativeness. Rigidity, on the other hand, hinders the cultivation of ambidextrous behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational behavior, Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Ambidextrous behaviours, Entrepreneurial characteristics, Organisational context, Behavioural complexity, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management > HD58.7-58.95 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2020 13:14
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2020 13:14


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