Quotation Garaus, Christian, Güttel, Wolfgang, Konlechner, Stefan, Koprax, Irina, Lackner, Hubert, Link, Karin, Müller, Barbara. 2016. Bridging knowledge in ambidextrous HRM systems: Empirical evidence fromHidden Champions. International Journal of Human Resource Management 27 (3), 355-381.


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Managing the tension between efficiency and flexibility is one of the core challenges that organizations must tackle in order to survive in the global competitive environment. Ambidexterity has been identified in the literature as a key way of managing this tension. Despite the enormous popularity of the concept of ambidexterity, the questions of how HR practices influence exploration and exploitation and support organizational ambidexterity remain underexplored. Drawing on our empirical case studies of three mid-sized ‘hidden champions’ in different high-tech manufacturing industries, we show how an ambidextrous human resource management (HRM) system works. We demonstrate that ambidextrous HRM systems can be regarded as a special type of high-performance work system (HPWS) that facilitates the continuous integration of exploration and exploitation in the pursuit of flexibility and efficiency. In particular, we elucidate how firms apply integrative employment practices and integrative work practices to facilitate collaboration and to create and strengthen a common frame of reference that fosters knowledge integration. Finally, setting up an ambidextrous HRM system supports the complementary interplay between a common frame of reference and a firm's ability to integrate knowledge in order to manage the conflicting demands of exploration and exploitation.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Bridging knowledge in ambidextrous HRM systems: Empirical evidence fromHidden Champions
Volume 27
Number 3
Year 2016
Page from 355
Page to 381
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09585192.2015.1045007
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1045007

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Garaus, Christian (Details)
Güttel, Wolfgang (Former researcher)
Konlechner, Stefan (Former researcher)
Müller, Barbara (Former researcher)
External
Koprax, Irina (JKU Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Lackner, Hubert (JKU Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Link, Karin (JKU Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Organization
Strategy, Technology and Organization IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
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