The Ambidextrous Employee: Exploiting and Exploring People's Potential

Holmqvist, M. & Spicer, A. (2012). The Ambidextrous Employee: Exploiting and Exploring People's Potential. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 37, pp. 1-23. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0000037004

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Abstract

In this introduction to the special issue we propose the main problems and issues that are addressed, namely, how the ambidextrous ideal in contemporary working life plays out at the individual level. Today, employees need to have the intellectual, social, and physical capacity, will, strength and ability to produce, execute, refine, and choose. But they also need to have the intellectual, social and physical capacity, will, strength and ability to experiment, search, and play. They need both be able to discipline themselves and “go crazy.” They need both focus and fantasy. They need to adhere to organizational norms and values, as well as challenge them. We discuss the challenges and problems that face the ambidextrous person, and why he or she cannot remain but an ideal character. At the end of this introduction, we outline the contributions of all authors who seek to explore in various ways how the ambidextrous employee comes into play in contemporary society and its human and organizational consequences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambidexterity, individual, work, control
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15592

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