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Stora byggföretags väg mot organisatorisk ambidextri: En fallstudie i hur stora byggföretag kan hantera balansen mellan utforskande och utnyttjande
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Large construction company's road to organizational ambidextri : A case study of how large construction companies can handle the balance between exploration and exploitation (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syfte – Studiens syfte är att öka förståelsen för hur utforskande och utnyttjande

bör hanteras på olika organisatoriska nivåer i byggindustrin. Studien identifierar

framgångsfaktorer och förutsättningar i den projektbaserade byggindustrin samt

tillhandahåller ett ramverk för hur byggföretag tar första stegen mot

organisatorisk ambidextri.

Metod – Kvalitativ fallstudie med en induktiv ansats och deskriptivt syfte.

Datainsamlingen har genomförts via semistrukturerade intervjuer och analysen

har gjorts utifrån en tematisk analys.

Resultat – Från studien har fem teman identifierats; Ledarskap & Kultur, Struktur

& Styrning, Människor & Förståelse, Metoder och Samarbete. Samtliga teman har

underordnade framgångsfaktorer som explicit redogör för utforskande och

utnyttjande aktiviteter som främjar organisatorisk ambidextri i stora byggföretag.

Vidare har studien konstaterat att kontextuell ambidextri är central på samtliga

organisatoriska nivåer, men behöver kompletteras med strukturell ambidextri på

affärsenhetsnivå och en ny typ av sekventiell ambidextri på projektnivå. Resultatet

har sedan syntetiserats till en modell som åskådliggör hur stora byggföretag

skapar en självförsörjande ambidext organisation.

Teoretiska implikationer – Studien bidrar med en empiriskt förankrad modell över

hur stora byggföretag skapar en självförsörjande ambidext organisation, samt ett

nytt synsätt på sekventiell ambidextri på projektnivå.

Praktiska implikationer – Ramverket bidrar praktiskt med en process ledningen

kan implementera och sedan chefer och andra berörda kan arbeta efter. Det ger

riktlinjer på hur beslut tas och hur man arbetar med utforskande och utnyttjande

aktiviteter.

Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of the study is to increase the understanding of how exploration and exploitation should be managed at different organizational levels in the construction industry. The study identifies success factors and important conditions in the project-based construction industry and provides a framework for how construction companies can take the first steps towards organizational ambidexterity.

Method – A qualitative case study with an inductive approach and with a descriptive purpose. The data collection has been carried out through semi-structured interviews and the analysis has been done based on a thematic analysis.

Results – Five themes have been identified from the study; Leadership & Culture, Structure & Governance, People & Understanding, Methods and Cooperation. All themes have subordinate success factors that explicitly describe how exploration and exploitation activities promote organizational ambidexterity in large construction companies. Furthermore, the study shows that contextual ambidexterity is central within all organizational levels, but needs to be complemented by structural ambidexterity on business unit level and a new type of sequential ambidexterity at project level. The result has then been synthesized into a model that illustrates how big construction companies create a self-sufficient ambidextrous organization.

Theoretical implications – The study contributes with an empirically based model of how big construction companies create a self-sufficient ambidextrous organization, as well as a new approach to sequential ambidexterity at project level.

Practical implications – The framework practically contributes with a process that the top management can implement and then managers and others concerned can work for. It provides guidelines on how decisions are made and how to work with exploration and exploitation activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Ambidexterity, Exploration, Exploitation, Construction industry
Keywords [sv]
Ambidextri, Utforskande, Utnyttjande, Byggindustrin
National Category
Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-69780DiVA, id: diva2:1222575
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
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