Accounting for ambiguities in exploration and exploitation research

Peiran Su

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This study aims to shed light on a number of ambiguities in the understanding of exploration and exploitation that have caused inconsistency in exploration and exploitation research. In order to offer solutions to the ambiguities, I propose five points to exploration and exploitation in organizational learning. The five points aim to achieve 1) an information-based reconceptualization to extend the scope of exploration and exploitation phenomena; 2) an integrated perspective on the distinction between exploration and exploitation; 3) a multi-domain multilevel taxonomy to specify the locus of exploration and exploitation; 4) a reference-based reoperationalization to advance the understanding of the essence of exploration and
exploitation; and 5) change-based measurements to facilitate future empirical research on exploration and exploitation. The perspectives initiated in this study have significant implications for future multilevel and longitudinal research on exploration and exploitation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Academy of Management 13th Annual Conference: Democratising Management - Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 26 Jun 201329 Jun 2013


ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management 13th Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleEURAM 2013
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  • exploration
  • exploitation
  • framework


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