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Ambidexterity in External Knowledge Search Strategies and Innovation Performance: Mediating Role of Balanced Innovation and Moderating Role of Absorptive Capacity

College of Business Administration, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 5111; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185111
Received: 22 August 2019 / Revised: 10 September 2019 / Accepted: 17 September 2019 / Published: 18 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in 2nd IT Revolution with Dynamic Open Innovation)
The importance of external knowledge acquisition for innovation by firms is well established. In particular, there has been an increasing focus on the two distinct modes of firms’ external search strategies, which have a differential effect on their learning and innovation: search breadth and depth. By applying organizational ambidexterity lens, we hypothesize that pursuing high levels of both external search strategies is beneficial to achieve a balance between exploitative and explorative innovation, which, in turn, has a positive impact on the firm’s innovation performance. We also hypothesize that, even among the firms that maintain high levels of both search strategies, firms with higher absorptive capacity better achieve a balance between both modes of innovation, thereby producing higher performance. The findings on a multi-industry sample of Koran manufacturing firms confirm our hypotheses and imply that it is essential for firms to develop capabilities for different modes of external search activities in conjunction with internal absorptive capacity for superior innovation performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: external search strategies; organizational ambidexterity; a balance between explorative and exploitative innovation; absorptive capacity external search strategies; organizational ambidexterity; a balance between explorative and exploitative innovation; absorptive capacity
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Kim, C.Y.; Lim, M.S.; Yoo, J.W. Ambidexterity in External Knowledge Search Strategies and Innovation Performance: Mediating Role of Balanced Innovation and Moderating Role of Absorptive Capacity. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5111. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185111

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Kim CY, Lim MS, Yoo JW. Ambidexterity in External Knowledge Search Strategies and Innovation Performance: Mediating Role of Balanced Innovation and Moderating Role of Absorptive Capacity. Sustainability. 2019; 11(18):5111. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185111

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Kim, Choo Y.; Lim, Myung S.; Yoo, Jae W. 2019. "Ambidexterity in External Knowledge Search Strategies and Innovation Performance: Mediating Role of Balanced Innovation and Moderating Role of Absorptive Capacity" Sustainability 11, no. 18: 5111. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185111

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