Induced and autonomous strategy processes in exploration-exploitation transition

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Luoma, Jukka, Asst. Prof., Aalto University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Finland
dc.contributor.author Lätti, Sonja
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-12T09:00:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-12T09:00:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-3949-7 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-3948-0 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4942 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (ISSN-L)
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/44768
dc.description The doctoral dissertation of Sonja Lätti, M.Sc. (Econ.), “Induced and autonomous strategy processes in exploration-exploitation transition” will be publicly examined at the Aalto University School of Business on Friday, June 26, 2020. The public defense will be organized via remote technology, starting at 12.00. Join Zoom meeting here: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/62349962327.
dc.description.abstract Positioned in organizational ambidexterity literature, this dissertation investigates how induced and autonomous strategy processes evolve over time in exploration-exploitation transition in a large organization with an established core business. Adopting a process research approach, the empirical part of the dissertation presents a longitudinal case study of people flow solutions development at KONE Corporation over a twelve-year time frame from 2004 to 2015. This time frame is investigated focusing on people flow solutions development activities transitioning from exploratory R&D activities to exploitative business development efforts, while considering the changes that took place in the strategic context of KONE. A historical account is presented including the key phases of the solutions development activities in R&D and business development. This dissertation found that the structural operationalization of the exploration-exploitation transition was realized by establishing a focus on exploitation in the core organization's business unit with a parallel exploration unit in a specific new development area remaining in the R&D organization. It was also revealed that autonomous activities occurred despite the initiatives being in line with the prevailing strategy of the organization. Autonomous activities were also found to continue after the exploration-exploitation transition had been realized in the operational business. Based on the findings, a model of induced and autonomous strategy processes in exploration-exploitation transition is proposed. The model presents induced and autonomous strategy processes evolving through temporal cycles through the phases before, during, and after the exploration-exploitation transition. The transition as establishing a parallel focus on exploration and exploitation is presented to occur through the processes of setting the structural and strategic contexts in the induced strategy process as well as through championing in the autonomous strategy process. Specific mechanisms in the induced and autonomous strategy processes were identified based on the empirical phenomena in the case. The mechanisms identified as occurring in the induced strategy process at the top management level included retroactive rationalizing, direct top management strategic intent, and loose coupling. The mechanisms identified as occurring in the autonomous strategy process included loose coupling, network building, and local identity building. This dissertation thus contributes to the view of ambidexterity as a dynamic phenomenon that unfolds over time, answering the calls for more empirical research on processes related to the development of structural ambidexterity over time as well as on expanding the strategic perspective on ambidexterity to understand longer strategy formation processes. en
dc.format.extent 130
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 102/2020
dc.subject.other Marketing en
dc.title Induced and autonomous strategy processes in exploration-exploitation transition en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing en
dc.subject.keyword ambidexterity en
dc.subject.keyword strategy process en
dc.subject.keyword exploration en
dc.subject.keyword exploitation en
dc.subject.keyword transition en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-3949-7
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Lindblom, Arto, Prof., Aalto University, Department of Marketing, Finland
dc.opn Ritala, Paavo, Prof., LUT University, Finland
dc.rev Ritala, Paavo, Prof., LUT University, Finland
dc.rev Peltoniemi, Mirva, Dr., University of Jyväskylä, Finland
local.aalto.formfolder 2020_06_12_klo_09_49
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