How motivational orientations are related to ambidexterity

Marjolein C.J. Caniels*, Marcel F. van Assen

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Abstract

Purpose Whereas many studies address ambidexterity at the organizational level, much less is known about individual level ambidexterity. Moreover, there is a lack of thorough understanding of how motivational orientations are related to individual level ambidexterity. Yet, it is crucial to have an understanding of what motivates employees who perform explorative and exploitative activities. This study aims to empirically test the link between the constellation of motivational orientations of employees and their ambidexterity. Design/methodology/approach The authors use polynomial regression analysis and surface response analysis to analyze data from 103 employees employed in one Dutch organization. Polynomial regressions allow for analyzing linear and nonlinear direct and interactive effects between different motivational orientations in relation to individual level ambidexterity. Findings For individual ambidexterity, it is important to have an assessment orientation that is balanced with a locomotion orientation. Alternatively, people high on only locomotion orientation or only assessment orientation are also ambidextrous. Originality/value Insights into the motivational orientation of employees in relation to ambidexterity help to advance the theoretical understanding of how employees may enhance their individual ambidexterity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2177-2189
Number of pages13
JournalKybernetes
Volume48
Issue number10
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Ambidexterity
  • Regulatory focus
  • Assessment orientation
  • Locomotion orientation
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • LOCOMOTION
  • ORGANIZATIONAL AMBIDEXTERITY
  • EXPLOITATION
  • EXPLORATION
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • SERVICE
  • ANTECEDENTS
  • REGULATORY FOCUS THEORY

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