Building Multiunit Ambidextrous Organizations-A Transformative Framework

Hela Chebbi, Dorra Yahiaoui, Demetris Vrontis, Alkis Thrassou
  • Human Resource Management, February 2015, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21662

Building companies that are able to develop new competencies while exploiting existing capabilities

What is it about?

This research studies the evolutionary process from a traditional to an ambidextrous multi-business-unit organization (MBUO), identifying along the way the determinants of success, to ultimately propose an executive-oriented comprehensive model toward divisionalized ambidexterity. The research answers critical questions relating to the weight of innovation in MBUO ambidexterity, the requisite means and aims of the structural and contextual determinants of success, the role of top management, and the strategic need for balance between internal and external congruence in an incessantly changing and unpredictable business environment

Why is it important?

The value of the research to human resource management knowledge lies in its focus on multiunit business ambidextrous evolution; and in its consequential scientifi cally founded practical elucidations of executive worth. Equally importantly, though, the fi ndings transcend theoretical constrictions to provide an in-context business perspective through a comprehensive system that considers also strategic and environmental realities.


Professor Alkis Thrassou
University of Nicosia

This is an important work as it incorporates the challenges of organisations that are big and multi-unit in their efforts to become flexible, adaptable and strategically fit to modern business contexts.

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The following have contributed to this page: Demetris Vrontis, Professor Alkis Thrassou, and Dr HELA CHEBBI