A temporal ambidexterity view towards emerging market firms

Stephanie L. Wang, Yadong Luo, Nikhil Celly, Jinyun Sun

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a temporal ambidexterity view to theorize how firms operating in emerging markets improve their performance over time. Specifically, we conceptualize that temporal ambidexterity, a firm's mega-capability to deliberately and dynamically orchestrate its short-term and long-term pursuits, serves as a key enabler for the firm to thrive in emerging markets. We explain that emerging markets serve as a unique context that provides firms with a large array of opportunities, with some more future oriented, because much needed institutional and industry support to materialize these opportunities is lacking. Thus firms that are temporally ambidextrous will prosper over time and enjoy greater performance improvement. We operationalize temporal ambidexterity as a multidimensional construct, specified by the simultaneity, intensity, and symmetry (or the S-I-S criteria) of firms' pursuits of short-term stability and long-term growth. We hypothesize that firms cultivate temporal ambidexterity through developing appropriate organizational mechanisms (i.e., orientation, governance, and capabilities). Specifically, firms equipped with stronger orientation in analysis and adaptation, with stronger outcome-based top management governance and frontline employee autonomy delegation, and featured with stronger combinative capabilities and harmonious culture will be more temporally ambidextrous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014
PublisherAcademy of Management
Pages696-701
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2014Aug 4 2014

Other

Other74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period8/1/148/4/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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    Wang, S. L., Luo, Y., Celly, N., & Sun, J. (2014). A temporal ambidexterity view towards emerging market firms. In 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014 (pp. 696-701). Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.269