Solutions to the exploration/exploitation dilemma: networks as a new level of analysis

Christian Stadler, Tazeeb Rajwani, Florence Karaba

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Abstract

This paper reviews the extant literature on the exploration/exploitation dilemma. Based on a systematic analysis of structural, behavioural, systemic and temporal solutions, the authors are able to show that the learning literature continues to struggle with the question of how exactly an organization can separate exploration and exploitation and at the same time enable necessary knowledge exchange and cooperation between these two notions. Paying closer attention to networks might enable future research to answer this question. In particular, a combination of structural aspects of networks and social ties has the potential to explain how the solutions currently on offer can be implemented successfully, how organizations can combine several of them, and how they can shift between them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-193
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Volume16
Issue number2
Early online date7 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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