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Cut your hair and get a job: A study of how Swedish employers see business graduates from an ambidexterity perspective
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Employability is a field of research and a concept that has developed considerably over the past century. Today, employability contributes to discussions in higher education, psychology and even labour market politics. What influences employability is thus of great importance to a number of stakeholders. Since employability consists of assets that make an individual employable, the employer’s perception of employability is essential. An area within organisational strategy called ambidexterity discusses the competitive advantage that can be obtained by hiring staff with certain characteristics, indicating that there could be a relation between ambidexterity and employability.


The purpose of this study is to explain how organisational ambidexterity influences employers’ preference in regards of employability. To do so, a conceptual model was developed from theoretical research. The model included: education, experience and personal characteristics. A questionnaire was used to collect data in order to explain the relation between ambidexterity and employability.


The findings of the study did not show that organisational ambidexterity influences employer preferences regarding employability considerably even though indications that a relation exists were found. Moreover, the study findings indicated that other factors such as gender and age of recruiter might have an influence on employer preferences instead. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Employability, organisational ambidexterity, medium-sized businesses, Business graduates, business administration, employer, Sweden
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15732OAI: diva2:952869
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Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics
2016-06-03, 15:45 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-08-24 Created: 2016-08-15 Last updated: 2016-08-24Bibliographically approved

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