Ambidexterity starts from the top

Successful organizations are ambidextrous, i.e. they simultaneously engage in the conflicting strategies of exploring new businesses and exploiting existing ones. New research shows that ambidexterity starts from the top.

Ambidextrous CEOs

1. develop an overarching aspirational strategic outlook or identity of the organization

2. foster conflict between old and new businesses at their level and not at lower levels of the organization

3. are consistently inconsistent by adopting conflicting standards for new and old businesses

Read more at The Ambidextrous CEO – Harvard Business Review.

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