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On the nature of digital ambidexterity in construction firms
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2495-9676
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is often emphasised that construction firms need to improve their ability to draw benefits from new digital technologies. Simultaneously, with generally tight deadlines, resource constraints, and low margins, construction firms must make the most of their existing digital technologies. This tension between exploring the new and exploiting the existing is in organisation theory captured by the concept of “ambidexterity”. Studying the ambidextrous tension of digital technologies implies delving into what can be referred to as “digital ambidexterity”, which seems to be a pervasive challenge for construction firms as they operate in an inter-organisational project-based setting where digital technologies often must serve as a bridge between different actors. As is well-established, staying competitive and innovative is crucial in today’s dynamic work environment. By taking the starting point in studies on organisational ambidexterity, and with the purpose of improving the understanding of how to tackle the challenges of digitalisation in construction, we explore what digital ambidexterity is, why it is challenging, and how it could be enabled.  The paper follows a so-called “theory adaptation research design” in that we apply an organisational ambidexterity perspective as a “method theory” to a “domain theory” in terms of the construction digitalisation literature. As the paper is a first step towards a complete integrative review, the research design is further enriched by a structured literature review following a narrative review approach. Consequently, this research sheds light on innovative strategies for construction firms to succeed in the digital age while maintaining operational efficiency.

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2024.
Keywords [en]
Ambidexterity, Construction firm, Digital technologies, Inter-organisational setting, Projects
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-225664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-225664DiVA, id: diva2:1865729
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The 12th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, CREON, Trondheim, Norway, 30–31 May, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-05 Created: 2024-06-05 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved

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