Not all Roads lead to Rome: Different Approaches to Ambidexterity in Acquisition Sequences

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract While ambidexterity, in general, is argued to be performance enhancing, researchers have found that in the context of acquisitions the added complexity tends to reduce performance. We expand the scope of the analysis from individual acquisitions within a single year to acquisition sequences and examine the performance implications of three different ways to achieve ambidexterity. Based on a panel study of 153 active acquirers from 1991 to 2016, we corroborate the findings of prior research that combining exploration and exploitation in individual acquisitions is not performance enhancing. On the other hand, separating exploration and exploitation to different acquisitions is positively related to acquirer performance and temporal cycling between exploration and exploitation is related to acquirer performance in a U-shaped manner. Our findings contribute to an improved understanding of how to achieve ambidexterity through acquisition sequences.
Authors Laamanen, Tomi; Zimmermann, Alexander & Bian, Di
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Date 2018
Event Title Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Event Location Chicago
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Alexander Zimmermann
Date Deposited 30 Oct 2018 10:12
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:36


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Laamanen, Tomi; Zimmermann, Alexander & Bian, Di: Not all Roads lead to Rome: Different Approaches to Ambidexterity in Acquisition Sequences. 2018. - Academy of Management Annual Meeting. - Chicago.

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