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Economic Management Journal is supervised by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and sponsored by Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It aims to report the economics-based management research, which is an indispensable reference for the management of scientific research. Its scope covers macro-economic management, industrial and regional economic management, business management, management science and engineering, public administration and management reviews. The Journal is included in CSSCI.
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Contextual embeddedness of replication of organizational routines: an analysis from the perspective of organizational ambidexterity
Business Management Journal,2020,Vol 42,No. 03
Replication of organizational routines, as a value creating strategy, is receiving extensive attention from the academia. The interaction and gaming between contexts and routines, which result in failed or ineffective replication, have become a critical subject relating to replication dilemma both in theory and practice. Traditional studies focused on external contexts and maintained analysis on replication of routines at the macro level. In this study, replication of organizational routines was considered as an endogenous political process. The working mechanism of individual entities and management discretion as endogenous contextual factors were emphasized, based on which, we tried to reveal the mechanism of contextual embeddedness during replication of routines at the micro level. Firstly, we reviewed the mechanism whereby replication of organizational routines relies on contexts. We then pointed out internal contextual embeddedness is the key to replication of organizational routines. Following that, we introduced a completely new unit of analysis, namely, characteristics of business units, to demonstrate and illustrate the magic power of organizational contexts during replication. Furthermore, we used rational calculation or emotional coupling and whether the top management team intervenes or let it be as two dimensions to describe business units’ characteristics and contextual differences during replication of routines. Two forms of replication of routines were differentiated and described in this study, namely, precise complete replication and adaptable drift of replication. They require different matching between exploitation and exploration capabilities in different contexts. Based on four paths to developing organizational ambidexterity, we created a model consisting of two dimensions and four quadrants to depict replication of organizational routines to achieve the adaptive matching between structural ambidexterity, contextual ambidexterity, leadership ambidexterity and integrated ambidexterity and organizational contexts (characteristics of business units), respectively.