The microfoundations of organizational ambidexterity: A systematic review of individual ambidexterity through a multilevel framework

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Title: The microfoundations of organizational ambidexterity: A systematic review of individual ambidexterity through a multilevel framework
Authors: Pertusa-Ortega, Eva | Molina-Azorín, José F. | Tarí, Juan José | Pereira-Moliner, Jorge | López-Gamero, María D.
Research Group/s: Estrategia Competitiva, Diseño Organizativo, Gestión de la Calidad y Gestión Medioambiental
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Organización de Empresas
Keywords: Microfoundations | Individual ambidexterity | Systematic review | Multilevel research
Knowledge Area: Organización de Empresas
Issue Date: 19-Jul-2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: BRQ Business Research Quarterly. 2020.
Abstract: The analysis of ambidexterity at the individual level may help to open the black box of organizational ambidexterity and to address the microfoundations of the exploration/exploitation dilemma in order to know how it can be achieved. The purpose of this article is to examine the main characteristics, antecedents, and consequences of individual ambidexterity, highlighting several key theoretical and methodological issues. Through a systematic literature review, we synthesize and integrate knowledge about individual ambidexterity, identifying opportunities and challenges for future research. We propose a multilevel framework that includes antecedents, consequences, and contingent effects of individual ambidexterity and their relationships. This multilevel framework may help to overcome the micro–macro divide in the management field. We also provide a synthesis of future research proposals.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (grant number ECO2015-67310P).
ISSN: 2340-9444
DOI: 10.1177/2340944420929711
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
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