Boon or Curse? A Contingent Perspective on the Effects of Strategic Planning on Organizational Ambidexterity

Posch, Arthur; Garaus, Christian (2019). Boon or Curse? A Contingent Perspective on the Effects of Strategic Planning on Organizational Ambidexterity. Long range planning, 53(6), p. 101878. Elsevier 10.1016/j.lrp.2019.03.004

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Numerous scholars have attempted to explain which factors allow for organizational ambidexterity. Strategic planning, as a possible antecedent, has not been considered so far. This is surprising because strategic planning is among the most widely used strategic decision-making tools in management practice and one of the most extensively studied concepts in management research. In addition, prior research has demonstrated the potential of strategic planning to impact innovation-related outcomes—both positively and negatively. Here, we investigate the association between strategic planning and organizational ambidexterity using a survey of 217 senior executives. We highlight the importance of considering how executives use strategic planning. Our results support the hypothesis that strategic planning’s positive or negative association with organizational ambidexterity is contingent on other organizational factors. Our findings reveal that strategic planning is only positively associated with organizational ambidexterity when leaders’ innovation orientation is extraordinarily high. We further contextualize this interaction effect by considering the environmental uncertainty perceived by the top management. This work contributes to the literature by examining the antecedents of organizational ambidexterity.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute for Accounting and Controlling > Managerial Accounting

UniBE Contributor:

Posch, Arthur


600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics








Lynn Carole Selhofer

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04 Apr 2019 12:48

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29 Nov 2020 02:25

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