A Case Study of How Organisational Members do Affect the Balancing of Exploitation and Exploration

Mads R. Andreassen

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    Abstract

    Combing operations between the main parties in integration of new products, efficiently, are in
    practice for most organisations a challenging task demanding strong organisational capabilities, and
    in accordance to literature, achieving a successfully combination would be possible through an
    organisation's ability to establish dual capabilities in terms of exploitation and exploration (March,
    1991). Few studies, however, suggest a classification of which organisational conditions would
    support a balance allowing exploitation and exploration operating side by side. Based on a single indept
    case study using semi-structured interviews and observation techniques this paper explores
    exploitation and exploration in a Danish industrial manufacture. Findings suggest that conditions
    affecting the balance between exploitation and exploration activities would depend on how an
    organisational member involves his personal social values. The results provide a more exhaustive
    understanding of the criteria that influences the balance mechanism between exploitation and
    exploration capabilities, thus adding to an extension in the understanding of the concept of
    exploitation and exploration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEUROMA 2008: 15th International Annual EurOMA Conference : "Tradition and Innovation in Operations Management: Connecting Past and Future"
    EditorsTaco van der Vaart, Dirk Pieter van Donk, Wout van Wezel, Gera Welker, Jakcob Wijngaard
    PublisherEurOMA
    Publication date2008
    Pages187-
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event15th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Groningen, Netherlands
    Duration: 15 Jun 200818 Jun 2008
    Conference number: 15

    Conference

    Conference15th International Annual EurOMA Conference
    Number15
    CountryNetherlands
    CityGroningen
    Period15/06/200818/06/2008

    Keywords

    • Exploitation and exploration
    • Interaction
    • Integration of new products
    • duality

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    Andreassen, M. R. (2008). A Case Study of How Organisational Members do Affect the Balancing of Exploitation and Exploration. In T. V. D. Vaart, D. P. V. Donk, W. V. Wezel, G. Welker, & J. Wijngaard (Eds.), EUROMA 2008: 15th International Annual EurOMA Conference: "Tradition and Innovation in Operations Management: Connecting Past and Future" (pp. 187-). EurOMA.