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A Process Study of Inter-Firm Relationships : Exploration, Exploitation, and Emergent Ambidexterity

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abstract Inter-firm relationships are governed by formal and relational mechanisms, which evolve over time. However, prior research has, so far, largely neglected the outcomes of these evolutionary processes. Based on an in-depth qualitative study of four cooperative new product development projects, we provide empirical insights how formal and relational governance aspects develop differently in vertical and horizontal inter-firm relationships and what knowledge processes they trigger over time. Based on these insights, we derive a process model of emergent ambidexterity in inter-firm relationships, which further allows us to contribute a refined understanding on how ambidexterity manifests itself in large organizations.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Inter-firm relationships, exploration, exploitation, ambidexterity
   
name of conference 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2011 (San Antonio)
date of conference 27-8-2011
title of proceedings West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending
volume / edition Paper Session 1102
publisher Academy of Management (New York)
review double-blind review
   
citation Zimmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Birkinshaw, J. (2011). A Process Study of Inter-Firm Relationships: Exploration, Exploitation, and Emergent Ambidexterity. In West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, Paper Session 1102. New York: Academy of Management.